Love…

by Craig on August 3, 2011

Love is the message of Jesus all rolled up like a ball of yarn.

Funny thing about balls of yarn…
leave them alone with a love kitty…
and when you come back there’s yarn everywhere…

but there’s no ball.

Love is just like that. We unroll it little by little, and soon we’re covered in it, and it’s all over the place.

To know love is to know God (1 John 4:8).

Without love we can’t have a relationship with God (John 3:16).

It’s how people should be able identify us as Christian (JN 13:35).

Love is everything – Look! I even made a whole blog about it.

I mess up a lot of things, but not so much with love. We all have our thing. This has just kinda become mine. For two decades I’ve thought hard on love, and made sure to love every day, the words of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 dance in my head like sugar plumb fairies.

I heart love…

and so…

let me pull back the curtain and let just a few of the sugar plumb fairies fly free…

Love…

… often chooses to let lies, insults, or attacks go without a response

… openly shows a softness and gentleness with others that gives real evidence of affection and concern

… does not cross over the line between self confidence and overconfidence or arrogance

… does not have a resentful dislike of someone who has achieved where I have failed

… has a delicate perception of the right thing to say or do without offending

… does not excessively use the first person – there is no I in love

… avoids the use of inflammatory words that can escalate small storms into major tempests

… frees a person of blame no matter how deserved the blame may be

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… is troubled when innocence is corrupted

… understands that it takes lots of small steps to travel a great distance; it remains undaunted by a distant goal

… does not require proof in order to believe

… overlooks imperfection and fault the same way God overlooks ours

… looks forward to granting favors, for which nothing in return is asked

… treats people better than they deserve

… sees as much good in the simple as it does in the sophisticated

… is not afraid to share credit or benefit — worrying that it will push someone else ahead of me

… invites others in; it has nothing to hide; it is completely open

… is willing to slow down in order to help someone else catch up

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… does not weaken the spirit or discourage the downcast

… treats others with mercy when the just opposite is expected, deserved, or even asked for

… delights in doing the right thing, especially when the less virtuous action would have resulted in a greater benefit

… is able to keep a part of oneself afloat even when most is submerged

… believes that God will work things out even when all hope seems baseless

I could do this all day…

And I kinda do…

But you have other things to do so I’ll end here…

and if you hearted this at all,
or if you think others might find it useful,
would you consider sharing it in one of the ways below?

 

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle August 3, 2011 at 8:10 am

Love ……… sounds a lot like grace.

😀

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Craig August 3, 2011 at 12:29 pm

yes, yes it does. Did you ever get a kind of greeting card that was made by a hallmark – down in Australia – but it was a different division of hallmark – and on the back they had something that read, “shoebox cards – a tiny little division of hallmark”.

Regardless – just like that – I think the grace is a division of love – love is the thing – faith is part of love – grace is part of love – righteousness is part of love – love is like the total package. God bless you Michelle, and thank you as always

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Michelle August 5, 2011 at 4:03 am

yes, we have/had shoebox cards in Australia

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Craig August 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm

… Then you remember that little bear – and that adorable little slogan – I used to buy cards just because of that bear and that slogan – and now I use it for love – like “romance” is a tiny little division of love – and that’s what I used to think love was – 100 or 200 years ago when I was younger. God bless you Michelle!

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Ruthiey August 3, 2011 at 8:24 am

“Love is just like that. We unroll it little by little and soon we’re covered in it and it’s all over the place.”

Love this sentence! I also loved when you said “Love is not afraid to share credit or benefit — worrying that it will push someone else ahead of me.” That’s an huge one for me to work on.

Great post. :)

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Craig August 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Ruthiey, that is my favorite love metaphor – the ball of yarn. I heart that metaphor! And Amen about the sharing credit and benefit thing – everything is so competitive – everybody wants first place – and we forget that Christianity is a race – but a race to be last. you and I both share the need to work on this :-) thank you Ruthiey, and God bless you.

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Stefanie Brown August 3, 2011 at 9:36 am

The love described is His character. He loves the unlovable… He encourages the downhearted… He forgives what we deem unforgivable… That’s just who He is!

Thank you for this post. It was a wonderful read.

Have a blessed day…

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Craig August 3, 2011 at 12:34 pm

just like you said Stephanie – love is HIS character. Love is THE thing – God is love – everything good comes from him – everything good branches from love – love is the thing. Thank you Stephanie, thank you, and I hope that you have a blessed day too.

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Linda August 3, 2011 at 9:47 am

troubled when innocence is corrupted. that was my favorite! <3

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Craig August 3, 2011 at 12:37 pm

that’s one of my favorites too Linda, love doesn’t rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth – we tend to forget about this “righteousness” part of love – and focus on the warm fuzzy parts – but Our Lord – He was the ultimate champion for innocents who were corrupted. the corruption of innocence is an extremely evil thing. Thank you Lynda, think you and God bless you!

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Dawn August 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Craig,

I have the “Love Them Anyway” verses that were found written on the wall in Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta on my bathroom mirror. It’s been up there for years. I think I will change that today. Today I will put up “Craig’s Sugar Plum Fairies of Love”. You really do have a good handle on love. It oozes from your posts and comments in torrents.

I’m sure you know that without love nothing we do amounts to anything. After all, you live with the Love Kitty. Some of us do a lot, but it amounts to zero because we have not done it in love. Because everything you do is done with love, you have accomplished much in the eyes of God (and who else matters?)

Thanks for sharing these tips from your heartland,
Dawn

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Craig August 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Dawn, your words are really appreciated – thank you. Because although I know that love is the thing – of accomplishment “voice” still often speaks not in whispers but shouts. So thank you. And God bless and keep you.

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Patti Hanan August 3, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I love your analogy about the ball of yarn and how it all roll out in love. How wonderful that God is love and that He loves us. God bless you!

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Craig August 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Patti, first of all – I’ve gotten behind in replying to my comments again – so I apologize – I’ve had brown recluse spider problems – blogged about them of course :-) and the ball of yarn? I think of all the analogies of love that have floated around in my head one time or another – that one is my very favorite. And I’m with you – and think it is totally amazing that the God of all things is love. Love is not God – but God. Is. Love. Thank you Patti, and God bless you!

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Kris August 3, 2011 at 6:34 pm

What a lovely list… I loved it… 😉

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Craig August 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Kris – such a short comment – but I somehow get the feeling behind it – and it’s a bigger feeling. Thank you, thank you my friend. God bless and keep you! And I’m sorry I’m late responding to your comment – that’s it – no excuse – just sorry (⌣˛⌣)

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Kris August 5, 2011 at 5:02 am

No need to be sorry 😉 I’m glad you ‘get’ it. A bigger feeling indeed, friend. God bless your weekend, friend.

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A. August 4, 2011 at 1:13 am

Craig, there is so much in your list that speaks to me tonight, and I needed it. I love your list and love the pic of Laska, that precious love kitty all tangled in her attempts to be a yarn missionary!!! This post and pics would make a great poster! I think I will join Dawn in putting it in a place where I alone can see it every day-especially in the morning but to review often anytime. I am not sure I could pinpoint a favorite as it is just rich with love wisdom. Whew! I can see I have room for improvement and the way you have written this list inspires without condemning. That is a gift you have.

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Craig August 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm

“yarn missionary” funny :-)

and A.,none of us loves perfectly – only one human ever did – I keep coming back this year to this – perfection is for later – now it’s about the quest for perfection – but grace for the quest. Faith is getting so simple to me. God bless you A.

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