“Love overcomes all.
Love opens doors.
Love protects and caresses,
uplifts and supports,
cuddles and sustains,
encourages and cheers.
Love sings the love song of the heart.
Love is reliable and trustworthy,
is simple and direct,
overlooks the slips,
does not count the wayward steps,
does not validate the lies,
does not act the fool in matters of the spirit.
Love is full of joy,
carries exuberance for the downcast,
measures rations for the hungry,
seeks healing for the injured and the hurting.
Love trusts within the word of wisdom not confounded by the word of knowledge.
Love shares the gifts of God,
the providence of God,
the testimonies of God,
the companionship of God.
Love imparts the gift of tongues under the love of God.
Love shares the lives of sacrifice on a higher plane.
Love brings comfort to the uncomfortable,
brings beauty to the ashes on a face,
carries the miracles of God right up to the gates of hell.
Love redeems the pledges of the penitent,
restores the lonely and the impoverished,
replaces the secular with the sacred.
Love varies little in its response,
varies little in its approach,
varies little in its reality of the day,
in its reality of the night,
in its reality of a relationship in time,
in its relationship within eternity,
in its relationship between both God and man.
Love chastises without offence,
leaves the bonds intact,
draws from a storehouse of wealth which pays the price of all that is asked without equivocation.
Love surfaces in the sea of doubt,
stirs the waves of splendour,
laps gently at the shoreline of honour and respect.
Love knows no boundaries of reproach immune from an apology,
knows no hindrances qualified to impair,
knows no shame that would cause a head to hang,
knows neither bitterness nor gall grow as the fruit of understanding.
Love cycles in the expressions of the heart,
in the expressions of the face,
in the expressions of the tongue,
in the expressions of the body,
in the expressions of the soul,
in the expressions of the spirit,
in the expressions of the tongues.
Love values life in all its beauty,
values the home of man in all its creativity,
values all the features of the earth which give man cause to marvel at the wonders placed before his eyes,
placed before his ears,
placed before his mouth,
placed before his nose,
placed before his feet,
placed before his reach:
all placed carefully in confirmation so man may come to know,
the very presence of his Loving God.”
Scribal Note: In John 13:34-35, Jesus said, 'A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.'
Perhaps there should be only one paramount question for those who seek to be disciples of The Lord: “What does 'Love' require of me?”