1 Corinthians 13:4-8 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.
Watching the reunion of a couple married for 72 years who had been separated when the wife battled the coronavirus reminded me of the redeeming power of love. As she got out of the car, he was reaching for her. When she saw him, she reached our her arms and joyfully said something like, “Your boss is home again!”
It was the joy in their faces, as they hugged each other as though each was the other’s life jacket, that demonstrated for me the necessity for humankind to be able to love and give love. Their love was like food for them. I have come to understand that love is indeed nutrition for our souls, a source of nourishment that makes us feel whole and emotionally healthy.
To love others isn’t easy, because of our nature to be selfish and to hold grudges for both real and imagined wrongs. Love has to be correctly demonstrated in our homes for the youngest among us. It is in how parents love each other and love their children that we learn the beauty and necessity of love.
The greatest love has been the love of Abba, Father, for us. Despite our sins, the Lord continues to love us, to be patient with our foibles, and He keeps no records of wrongs. Isaiah 1:18 states, “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.'”
To see real love gives us hope that in this life we can find love that heals us and helps us grow into the people we were meant to be, for to be loved and to give love brings light into a dark world. To know that I am loved by the Maker of heaven and earth fills me with joy and gratitude that allows my soul to be at peace in these uncertain times.