The strength of Love


Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. . .

A young man sat trembling in the police station. He had been picked up for shoplifting and now he waited for his parents, who were on their way to take him home. Being arrested was frightening and embarrassing. but it wasn’t half as bad as having to face his mother and father.

As they burst through the door the young man saw that his mother had been crying. He bowed his head in shame and awaited the fury to come from his parents. Instead, he felt his mother’s arm wrap around his shoulders and his father’s big, warm hand on top of his head. He looked up through tears and saw that both of his parents were watching him with love and concern.

The boy asked, “Aren’t you angry with me? Why aren’t you yelling at me?”

His mother spoke. “Honey, when you hurt, we only want to help you. You have done wrong, but that doesn’t mean we stop loving you. What you did hurts us, but we’ll work it out together.” (Adapted)

God loves us every bit as much. No matter what happens, if we work to find God, we will find love we never thought possible.

Dear heavenly Father, I fall prey to so much temptation and sin. I am ashamed that I cannot do what you would like for me to do. Thank you for your forgiveness and love, especially in times when I don’t deserve it. Amen.

13 comments

    1. Thanks Loopyloo, for your kind words. God loves you and I love you too. We are one in Christ and “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,m neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

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  1. Hey Noel,

    “Especially in the times when I don’t deserve it.” God loves us so much, and this love is so unfailing. Thanks for reminding us, how much He does indeed love us.

    We do so fall to “prey and temptation.” Isn’t it wonderful that Jesus is there with His Father and says, “For this I died, please forgive them.” Then God looks upon the wounds of His Son and has nothing but mercy for us.

    Great post!!!! God Bless, SR

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment SR. There are people who would like to convince us that our God is not real. But you and I know better. God is real and He extends His love and His mercy to each of us; even those who do not believe.

      Thanks a lot for stopping by once again. May God continue to bless you.

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  2. Great post, Noel! Yes, our God is real! Even though I don’t deserve it, new mercies await me each morning! The compassion of our God faileth not! Great is His faithfulness! I love the illustration you used in your post! God bless you!

    Paulette

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    1. God shows us compassion at our darkest moment. He is happy when we show compassion to our neighbor.

      Thanks a million Minister Paulette for you wise words. May God continue to bless and inspire you.

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    1. Thank you very much for your comment Lady D. Jesus shows us compassion, He is happy when we show others compassion too.

      Thanks for stopping by. God bless you.

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    1. Thank you very much Michelle for stopping by and leaving a comment. Please come again. God bless you.

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  3. Thanks a million Drusilla for nominating me for the Inspiring Blog Award. I really appreciate it.

    God bless.

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