Friday, May 25, 2007

Examples of love

Everybody seems to agree that love is the highest good. But what, exactly, is love? We can fall back on the definition in 1 Corinthians 13, but those words go only so far in helping us see what love looks like in practice. Deep down I think most of us understand love as whatever we got from our family growing up. Those ideas, of course, vary widely from person to person. Some parents harass their children like Marine Corps recruits while others allow theirs to do whatever they please. Both Drill Sergeant and Lazy Faire, I believe, sincerely think they're treating their children with love. But what is really the most loving approach? Understanding life in the Kingdom of God depends on having a clear answer to that question.

There's only one sure-fire place to find what love really looks like: the Bible. Seeing how God dealt with the Israelites and the Philistines, with Abraham and David and Peter; learning how God dealt with the kings of Judah and the apostles--that's the purest source for learning about love. Most clearly, we see love in the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.

Learning about love from the Bible is not a quick solution. In fact, the process takes years. But it just might be worth the effort.

(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley


Sista Cala said... abideth faith, hope, and love. The greatest of these is love.

Milton Stanley said...