On love from the Bible
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.
Love based on truth
“To love another is to will what is really good for him. Such love must be based on truth.
A love that sees no distinction between good and evil, but loves blindly merely for the sake of loving, is hatred, rather than love.
To love blindly is to love selfishly, because the goal of such love is not the real advantage of the beloved but only the exercise of love in our own souls.”Thomas Merton , author of No Man Is an Island (affiliate link)
Making love, not war
My friend Bob Peragallo, a retired pastor and Marine Vietnam veteran, shared his take on love this way-
We all believe in love, but often we love the idea of love, when it needs to be our job description.
God declares Himself to be “Love” and He is, but it doesn’t always run in the family. Far too often, our lives become a poor substitute for the Jesus that the world is looking to see. If I lose my focus, I may give a poor substitute for this kind of love.
As someone who has received this love from my heavenly Father, I should always err on the side of loving people.
Bob serves on the Board of Directors of Vets with a Mission (VWAM) , a 501c3 organization providing humanitarian aid to Vietnam and opportunities for Vietnam veterans, their families, and friends to experience healing from the emotional wounds of war.
VWAM sponsors life-saving heart surgery for children through its Children’s Heart Surgery Program. Donations are needed and welcome.
sharing the HEART of health with love
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