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Love: Like Walking A Tightrope In A Thunderstorm


If this life is a balancing act, then love is like walking a tightrope in a thunderstorm while juggling hungry monkeys.

1 corinthians 13:4-8, The Love Chapter. We’ve heard it read at weddings and funerals. Those 4 short verses give us a staggering target. However, if we distill it down to an easy to follow list, a measuring stick, it can cause great damage to others and ourselves. (I’ve included it below for reference)

There is always the danger of a tumble. Always the chance those who have access us will shake our foundation and throw us off balance. It opens up the possibility that our life and hopes and dreams will be used against us.

There is also great power in love. It can heal a heart and restore faith. It can change a mindset, and breathe life back into disappointment. When love takes up residence, together we can do big things. It also opens up the possibility that we will find someone who believes in our dream- and us.

Love is a paradox that can’t be unraveled. It’s much more complicated than we admit.

Love always leaves a mark.
Investment always costs something.

If it doesn’t, is it love at all?

 

Love is large and incredibly patient

but it is not passive and uninvolved.

Love waits well, trusting the Creator’s timing in all things.
Sometimes love knows and says enough is enough.
It enables us to wait as others become: healed, whole, or able.
We wait in their effort but we do not wait in denial.
Love says this is what I see and this is what I need.
Love always rejects dysfunction or disrespect as acceptable norms.

 

Love is gentle and consistently kind

but doesn’t find it’s worth in people pleasing.

Love brings a gentle spirit to all things.
Sometimes the kindest thing we can do is say:
No. That’s not acceptable in our relationship.
Love knows when to walk away from someone in order to live another day.
Love rejects the political bent that says your value comes from with whom you associate.
Love refuses the religious judgment that says your value is in believing as I do.

 

Love refuses to boil with jealousy

but it purposely celebrates when success comes to others.

Love reacts in the opposite spirit of jealousy and spite.
Sometimes love stands tall in defiance of our emotions because
It is aware that Our Source holds blessings for all people and
his coffers are unlimited- he is Maker of all things.
Love rejoices in other’s success because it knows
we each bring something of value to the table.

 

Love does not brag about its own importance

but it shares when hopes and dreams come true.

Love is just as vulnerable in its success and victory
as in its need and want.
Sometimes love steps up and says
“Look what I did. Please celebrate with me.
Remember that God-sized dream I had? It happened.
In his goodness, he answered my prayer.”

 

Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect

but it sees the Image-Bearer in every face we meet.

Love refuses to shame anyone we contact during our work,
our play, or in the mirror.
Sometimes love steps in and tells the truth about how Your Creator sees you.
Love listens to the horror story of pain but refuses to see the storyteller in that light.
Love considers every wounded soul in the Light of healing and wholeness.
Love speaks the Truth in opposition to brokenness.

 

Love is not easily irritated or overly sensitive

but it never shuts down discernment or the ability to see.

Love doesn’t keep a scorecard nor a spreadsheet of relationships.
Sometimes Love tunes into the sensitivity, see the Spirit weight on it
and passes on the life-giving, light shedding Truth it reveals.
Love refuses to take things personally, see others through our accusations or assumptions.
Love refuses to dwell on offense nor allow it to fester.
Love isn’t resentful even when wronged, but fixes attention on what is lovely and right.

 

Love joyfully celebrates honesty

but it never exposes, shames or embarrasses another.

Love rejoices when reality is acknowledged and honesty takes over a life.
Sometimes love screams and sings and throws a dance party when
when chains fall off because it knows that is the only way freedom comes.
Love finds no delight in wrong revealed or when others falter.
Love always protects the heart entrusted to its confidence.
Love rejects comfortable lies in favor of truth above all else.

 

Love is a safe place of shelter

but it never harbors harm, hides abuse, or denies brokenness.

Love never exposes another to judgment or scrutiny of others.
Sometimes love reveals one’s sin to them in the context of
relationship and only in the safest company, place and time.
Love builds a place of refuge when life’s storms threaten to destroy.
It never stops believing that all humanity bears God’s imprint and image.
Love never exposes one person’s weakness to justify another’s.

Love never stops loving

but sometimes it surrenders its right to have and hold.

Love never loses faith but holds on in all circumstances. Love refuses to let go.
Sometimes love must look different than it has before as it learns to
let go and trust the healing and restoration to come.
Love believes God will do what he says he will do.
Love never lapses or collapses even when it must love from afar.
Love rejects the counterfeit safety of isolation and independence.

Love never stops.

Love never fades into the background,
never surrenders,
never turns away.

Love never stops loving.

 

 

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (ESV)
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never ends.


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