I think about the times in my life when I prejudged individuals as persons I could never like, let alone love; folks who would never be my friend. Then, I think about the times when I was placed under the circumstances of getting to know these "non-friends", only to have them become some of the best and most loyal friends I've ever had and known. Imagine the days, weeks, months, and years of a good friendship and more life, lost to prejudice. Love didn't dictate that I not like these people in the beginning. I did that of my own volition. In times past, in my own dissensions with Love, I found myself an enemy of my own heart and soul. That is certainly no way to live. Not only is there an internal deterioration, there is negative effect on those closest to you and those relationships. It's simple, in my mind. Life is simple, when we allow it to be. Yet, it's tougher today, due to traditions of hate and division that have been passed down for centuries, that we can't seem to shake or build a unified front against.
We, the people, make it tough to Love, but Love is not tough at all. Let it be your oxygen, as Love IS your life! For God is Love, the Governor.
"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
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. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is LOVE."
-1 Corinthians 13-
Those who have ears, let them hear.......