What is Deep Into Love?

It’s a tiny corner of the web that’s like the popcorn version of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. I took the little kernels from the verses (you know patience, kindness…) and popped them. So what starts as three little verses becomes a lifetime of God’s love to live…

…one buttery good morsel a day

…one day at a time.

Why?

Because...

Love is supposed to be our calling card as Christians (John 13:35).

It’s the great command – to love God and love others (MT 22:37-39).

Living out love, day by day, fulfills the

“Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” part

of the Lord’s Prayer.

Here’s the thing.

Love is so all encompassing that the demands of 1 Corinthians love are just too much all at once. They are impossible. Only one person ever loved this way, all the time – and we know he was…

exceptional.

 

And so…

It’s 1 Corinthians 13 love every day, all the time – simply love – only love.

Sometimes we can just discuss the love. Sometimes we can be challenged to take a bitty little piece love, and for the day make it a mission to love in just that one small manner.

The mission: To just think love all the time, do love all the time, and love will just grow and grow until – well it’ll just keep growing – and that’s the thing.

The impossible immensity of God’s love, made possible.

P.S.

And if you don’t already know, Love has a twin site, Deep Into Scripture, and it’s just the Bible every day, all the time – just Scripture – only Scripture (or God type ideas). One twin is centered on just three Bible verses – the other on the whole enchilada.

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Sharon November 16, 2010 at 7:03 am

I chuckled all. the. way. through this. I think I am going to like reading your blog.

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Michelle Medlock Adams November 16, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Awesome! SOOOOOO love the way you work your words, my friend. I’m very happy you have taken the blogging plunge. Many will benefit from your writing, including me. :)

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Anonymuss November 17, 2010 at 10:46 pm

O.k. I just came here from your other site. I TOTALLY love this site, too!!!! you have a great way with words and what’s in their backpacks! I am marking both sites for return visits. This is like unexpected sunshine in my day, and it is midnight now where I am. Thank you!!!

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Craig November 17, 2010 at 10:59 pm

and you are 11 PM sunshine on a day that I really needed some sun. And I don’t have a good enough way with words to come up with “and what’s in their backpacks” – that’s stupendous writing there. I am really happy you liked what you saw – it’s only 3 days old – not even fully designed yet – but that leaves all the more room for you. Thank you so much.

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edie December 5, 2010 at 2:51 pm

hi craig,
nice to meet you. thank you for encouragement.
and to quote tommy lee jones in coal miner’s daughter,
“i like the way you talk.”
i think you’re a wordsmith. I hope to be one someday.
always grace,
edie

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Joyce L Gibson December 18, 2010 at 11:55 am

My lovable grandson — You write heart to heart, and I am blessed. Keep writing and be much, much encouraged.

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Susan December 31, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Well, I know you’ve never been here,but the ice cream really is down the hall to the left. And it’s mostly vanilla. Vanilla bean, actually. The goodstuff in my book. But the puppies? No hallway. Two 80#’s under momma’s feet. Always. My velcro buppies,8yo&10yo-but always buppies,emotionally and somewhat dain-bramaged from the beatings. Velcro&pure love. Rescues are like that. I’m glad you like rescue kitties. I can’t do those anymore. Always had some,even tho I woke up daily with my face swollen shut. But am thankful my 17yo Himmyboy went to Heaven b4 the asthma-i would have refused to give him up. So now I wheeze every night when I spoil the cathouse full of ferals;actually, one’s a feeding&sleeping house & another smaller sleeping-only house. Behind the rose trellises,outside the dawg fence, enclosed in picket so no one can hurt them. SafeSpace4Kitties-should I put up a sign? Or just make sure the kitties know? 😀 you know I love your writing, but gotta tell ya, when saw “100’s” all I cud “hear” was Pilates &made my legs&guts hurt. LOL’d @ a lot of ’em. Love sarcasm&a twisted sense of humor. But all that sugar gave me a headache! Must be why I am the only non-diabetic in my nuke-family. Have a gr8 (heehee) NewYear,thanx for the joy,keep it coming. Sure wish u could sleep,but sounds like my version of “comas”. We each have an albatross,yes? Or two? Wishing you His blessings…-s-

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Craig December 31, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Yup susan we really do each have our crosses to bear. Really happy to be “stuck” with you.

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april April 10, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Hi Craig, Just stopped by your site to say hi and thanks for your heart-felt comment on my post, A Thousand Sorry’s. I love the premise of this blog! Keep writing! :-) Blessings to you, April

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Craig April 11, 2011 at 9:54 am

Thank you April – I had a pet mouse named April once. I took her for walks outside – she loved a good life. Your post was awesome. I will keep writing – encouragement like yours helps lots. Blessings to you too April. Looking forward to reading more of you.

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Leisa Hammett August 11, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Now, I like this post. I can agree with it. And, it explains a lot about you.

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Craig August 13, 2011 at 10:31 am

it’s my core Leisa – I can’t do it perfectly – but later is for perfection – now is the quest for perfection – and Grace for the quest. God bless you Leisa!!

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Traveller August 15, 2011 at 8:26 am

Ooh…just discovered your blog…looks good. Love your honesty. I have known and followed Jesus for 36 years now…since a wee little thing, thought I loved, thought I cared for others, and sure, others would look at my life and say I do. But in recent years I have become so aware–I do not love like He does. Much heart work needed. Somewhere it says something about–the Spirit pours love into our hearts. Ah, there is hope for me. I know now that I can’t manufacture love on my own. Looking forward to reading more or your entries…learning to fight the love war.

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Craig August 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm

hi, and I hope you don’t mind that I just poked around all over your blog – I hearted a lot of it – even the poem for baby goose – and yes, that totally should be in the baby book! ツ

And we don’t love like he loves – none of us can – perfection is for later – but for now is the quest for perfection – and grace for the quest. And the love war? The love war is one specifically for the negative voices – although I do see a few more love wars in the future – for right now – it’s the only one. Thank you very much – and God bless and keep you and all of yours.

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Caddo Veil January 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm

I really really like both your blogs, brother Craig–thanks immensely!!! On my blog I have a poem which ends with God saying to me, “Child, I know your heart.” I don’t remember the day or context anymore–long time ago–but I’ll never forget the Lord’s voice that day: the timbre, the gentleness, the sureness, the comforting LOVE. He did not expect perfection from me, He didn’t expect that I should be all-knowing–He knew that my heart was for Him, my efforts in the right direction, and that was sufficient.

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Craig January 7, 2012 at 9:53 am

Caddo, thank you – and I think one of the reasons I’ll like reading you is that the more poets I read the more poetic my prose becomes. And our Lord said has that last line of your poem to me in so many ways, so many times. I’m glad that there are “a cloud of witnesses” – alongside us – that he’s also said it to. In this… “He didn’t expect that I should be all-knowing–He knew that my heart was for Him, my efforts in the right direction, and that was sufficient.” I heart that! thank you, and God bless you.

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