If I could search every part of my being in an attempt to draw from my own experiences or if I could look up the word in every dictionary or Google it from here to yonder, I would never find a more meaningful definition for ‘love’ than that which is found in the Holy Bible. As EmpowerMoments kicks off its series in celebration of love, I thought it best that we start with a definition that encompasses the wonder and beauty of love.
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,but do not have love, I gain nothing.
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.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (NIV)
I come to You today thanking You for giving us the definition of love. Lord, from Your Word I know that Your son Jesus exemplified love in its purest form and thus, I pray Lord, that You guide me that I may be more like Jesus. Guide my actions and guide my words, guide my feelings toward myself and guide my feelings towards others. Father, I submit to Your love and ask that You create a beauty within me that will radiate outwardly for the whole world to see. I love You Father, and most of all, I thank You for loving me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you today to strive to love more and to love harder. Love like you have never loved before and be beautiful while you are doing it. When you love, it is easier to forgive and easier to give. I EMPOWER you to show an act of love to someone today and EMPOWER that person to pass it forward.
Beverly Gordon is a graduate of Gonzaga School of Law (Spokane, WA) and currently works as an Executive Assistant and Director of Compliance. She is a devoted mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend who believes in the importance of teaching children the power of prayer. In her journey of loving and leaning on the Lord she meditates on Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” She resides in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with her beautiful daughter and is an active member of the Springfield United Methodist Church.