Happy Valentine’s Day!
I had what I wanted to post today, I mean it’s love Sunday… The very tenets of love that I hold dear are found in 1 Corinthians 13. So, I was going to share my everyday interpretation of that scripture…
Then, I went to church…
I am so sure that when the MOG was preaching today, he was talking about Faith. Maybe it was the Valentine in the air that made me receive Love. Not sure, but there were a couple of scriptures that Pst. Poju O shared today that resonated with my belief about Love and I’m going to share them with us.
Turn with me to the 2nd book of Corinthians, the 8th Chapter. In this Chapter, Paul is talking about giving but I caught one kain sweet Rhema today that gave me a clear understanding of what love is. This is The Message (MSG) translation from verse 11:
Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can’t.
The heart regulates the hands.
This isn’t so others can take it easy
while you sweat it out. No, you’re shoulder to shoulder with them all
the way, your surplus matching their deficit, their surplus matching
your deficit. In the end you come out even.
As it is written,
Nothing left over to the one with the most,
Nothing lacking to the one with the least.
So, this is what love looks like. Partnership. The melding of gifts to minister to God, one another and others. It is work, yes. Fulfilling work. I think my favourite part of this scripture is:
your surplus matching their deficit, their surplus matching your deficit.
I have re-read this scripture a number of times today and my take on love, where there is a clear commitment, has changed. I want to explain it but I am not yet sure how I should. I really want you to read and re-read this scripture and share your interpretation with me.
I have a question. I’d really love it if we could share our answers in the comments section below.
- Is this commitment only recognised as marriage? Isn’t Courtship/Relationship, whatever ship you call it, the presence of a commitment?