I had another cool revelation not too long after this one was when I was reading the 1 Corinthians chapter on love; particularly 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7.
“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.” (NIV)
After reading this I realized….hey maybe I’ve never been “in love.” It’s easy to look back on past relationships and relish in the good times but this scripture reminds me that what I was looking back on wasn’t love. Particular portions that jump out to me are “not self-seeking” and “keeps no record of wrongs.”
Most relationships I had in the past were not healthy and didn’t hit many of the characteristics in this passage. But moving forward I do have a blue print to match. I’m always confident in God that one day I will find His definition of love.
“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealously unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.” (Song of Songs 8:6-7)