If We Only Have Love


My new goal is to keep moving forward - to keep growing each and every day.

Noble goal, isn’t it?

I am SO good at setting goals, getting myself organized to start something.  My enthusiasm runs high.

Then, reality sets in.

When it comes to the doing of it.

That is the quandary for the day.

It’s morning.

I’m sitting tucked warmly in my recliner.

The day is ahead of me.

So … what do I do today to keep moving forward?  What can I do today to help take a step toward my goal?

Sometimes, I can’t tell the difference between following a useful routine and being in a rut.

I get that way with my devotional life.

Am I just following the steps that I have set out for myself?

Am I doing them with a purpose for growth?

Or am I doing them out of a sense of obligation?

A set of verses that challenge me are from 1 Corinthians 13.

You know, the ones about love.

They are used so often at weddings and other occasions.  They are feel good verses I think.

But, they challenge me.  They are going to be my study focus for a while.  I know you’ve probably read them.  I’d ask that you read them once more.

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

So, I’m guessing this is my next step: to learn the difference between obligation out of fear and guilt  and obedience out of love. And in order to do that, I need to really know God’s definition of love.

I know that our lives are challenged.  I know illnesses take us down a different pathway than most.

But as for me, I want to journey down this pathway with love as my companion.

How about you? Are there other verses that speak to you about love?  Do you struggle with the difference between useful routines and familiar ruts?  Would practicing love move your life forward?

Link to Johnny Mathis singing “If We Only Have Love”

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