Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Message from Shannon Palmer, WV Admin. Assistant

As we acknowledge the week with Valentine’s Day, I thought I would talk about true meaning of love. More songs have been written about love than any other topic. Love has inspired some of the world’s best and worst poetry. It has set on fire and broken countless hearts throughout history. Many things are proclaimed about love, yet the final word on the topic comes from the bible. Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit, gives the most beautiful “Ode to Love”.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

In this passage, the Greek word for love “agape”, describes a love that is based on the intentional choice of the one who loves, rather than the worthiness of the one who is loved. This kind of love goes against our natural human tendency. It is a giving, selfless, expect nothing in return kind of love. This kind of love means we determine what is best for another person instead of ourselves. This describes the kind of love God shows to us. Have a great week and remember to demonstrate the “true” meaning of love to others.

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