Friday, April 5, 2019

Is The Word "Love" A Cover-Up?

“Do you know what today is?” Mary, my wife, asked.
“Of course. It’s Tuesday,” I replied.
“Well, is it anything more than Tuesday? Does it have a number and is there a month that goes with that particular number?” she asked with a faint smile.
Looking at my watch, I said, “It’s October 24. Almost time for Halloween.” And that did it.
First, came tears. Then, a few more words about forgetting important things - like birthdays. Then more tears. Not only was I embarrassed, but I was also humiliated that I forgot such an important date and event.
“But, I do love you. And that should make up for it,” I said, thinking of the words of Solomon: “Love covers all wrong.” But does it?
Love, God’s love, is the center of every relationship - beginning with loving Him. And when we learn to love Him as He loves us, it will have a preeminent place in our lives. It will be visible to all who know us - especially those in our lives that are special to us. They will be more than a name or number: they will be blest because we love them.
The love that Solomon describes here is a love that “draws in and unites.” It invites people into our hearts and then bonds them to us as closely as two pieces of Velcro.
We cannot use the word love as a “cover” when we do something wrong - as though we want the other person to feel guilty. True love, God’s love, anticipates a need long before it surfaces. It remembers the needs of others – because we all have similar needs. However, true love - God’s kind of love - reaches out to others as God reaches out to each of us.
Prayer: Help us, Lord, to be sincere and honest and pure when we say, “I love you!” May our love match Yours, in our deeds as well as words. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. 

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