I am glad to say that the Tumblr hiatus has been doing me a lot of good - although I seem to find more time to waste on Youtube and Facebook, I still feel better that I cut a big source of temptation out of my life. I now post on: byhissovereignty.weebly.com !! I usually wouldn’t come back on here, but I just posted something on my weebly site that I have the urge to share with you all, I just need to share this even if you don’t ever read it or think it’s over dramatic, I am amazed by God’s love and always will be.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13 ESV
This is one of the most famous, and I really mean one of the most famous as in even the secular world will use this passage frequently, passages from the Bible. And when I used to read and hear of this passage I always immediately thought of a romantic love between man and woman - although completely applicable there, this passage speaks of a love that runs much deeper than any romantic and familial love can run. God’s love is the perfect example of love itself - truly unconditional and ultimately sacrificial. Once Jesus’ clean account is pulled up before God’s eyes, we are under God’s unconditional love for us - no matter how many times we fall back into temptation and sin, no matter how grotesque, ugly, and formidable that sin is, God will always love us (given that our heart still strives for sanctification and forgiveness). God loved us so much that he sent his own son to die (John 3:16) - I don’t know of many people that would send their own children/child to die for undeserving strangers, do you? So in light of this perfect and glorious example, the love that we must live by is one that “does not envy or boast”, is not “arrogant or rude”, never insisting “on its own way”, or being “irritable or resentful” but “rejoices with the truth” (1 Corin. 13 ESV). We must strive to love as close as God does, we must love people we don’t even know that well or people we constantly look down upon, because Jesus came on this Earth to love the prostitutes, tax collectors, and the lepers.
The next part of this chapter is excruciatingly beautiful; I literally get goosebumps when I read “Love never ends”, all earthly possessions, treasures, and emotions will eventually all pass away — that SAT score, that personal high from getting an A, that boy/girl you have your eye on — it will all come to pass one day to give way to God’s ultimate reward and manifestation of LOVE for us, the new Kingdom and new Heavens where all past pains and sufferings will be undone and glorified/repaid an infinite amount, so much so that we will see how small and necessary suffering was in our earthly lives. I never knew how powerful love was until I took a closer look and understood this passage, so with this I want to say that no matter how hard and formidable your final/midterm seems, and no matter how deeply fallen you feel right now in life, it cannot ever hope to match the joy and perfection you will feel once you are home with our Lord - give yourself a 5 minutes break and read 1 Corinthians 13, bask in the love of our Lord Christ and Savior. PTL for his love and being granted the ability to breath!!!