Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Two years ago I completed one of the most influential, life-changing Bible Studies of my life called Experiencing Transformations, and true to its name my spiritual relationship with God had transformed by the completion of the study. One of the many revelations I experienced in that study was the power of praying Scripture.

I have made a conscience decision to consider every word in the Bible as truth, even if I don’t completely understand it. I cannot believe the Lord would leave us instructions full of holes and gray areas for us mere humans to decipher what is true and what is not. That thought is completely overwhelming to me, like a sick joke. By our own choosing, much of life happens in the gray areas–I’ll admit it does–however, I find freedom in the knowledge Scripture is black and white. I am a sinful, imperfect human. Logically it makes sense I won’t understand everything the Lord wills, whether it be why my mother had to fight cancer or the Word. Some parts are easier to believe and understand than others, and I think God designed it that way so we will rely on him for revelation, thus making our relationship with him a closer and more intimate one. Until we receive the answers to our questions from the Lord, our job as Christians is to love others and rely on the Lord to guide our actions.

But you know what, even when we receive answers and clarification from the Lord, our job is still to love others and rely on the Lord to guide our actions. Our behavior shouldn’t change with answers. Our behavior–regardless of comprehension–should always reflect Love.

I hope during this time when the world is reminding us to love, love, love you will read and re read and pray the scripture above and love those around you the way the Lord told Paul to describe love in 1 Corinthians. Whether it be your husband, kids, mom, sibling, friend or stranger at the grocery store who steals your parking spot, use this verse as a reference to what love is and what it is not.

One more time for good measure:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your loved ones!

and

Happy Valentine’s Day, Brian. I am so happy you said ‘yes’ when I asked you out Senior year of high school. And I am so happy I said ‘yes’ when you asked me to marry you seven years after that.

Us playing golf on Valentine's Day 2000

Us playing golf on Valentine’s Day 2000

-ciao for now-

lauren

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