When old Bible verses Become new

Isn’t it funny how you can hear the same verses over and over again and then one day you hear them totally different. The pastor recently read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. If you have spent any time in church you have heard these verses. Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy.It is not proud. It is not rude, 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 hope, always perseveres. Like most people, I have always related these verses to my spouse and the love we are suppose to share. But this Sunday was different. This Sunday, I read John 15:9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you”. The son saw the love that the father had and learned what love should look like. John 15:12 says “My command is this….love each other as I have loved you..” Love as I have loved you. Again a learning by example lesson. It was as if God was speaking to me directly. Don’t fret about who your daughters will fall in love with, their future is in my hands. You are just suppose to show them what love looks like. If I do that, then when some guy comes along and proclaims his love for them they will know if it is real. If you spend your whole life eating real potatoes you can tell when someone tries to sneak in the box stuff. It may seem real to some, but someone that has had real potatoes everyday of their life will know the difference. I want my children and grandchildren to know that I keep no record of wrong, I want to be slow to anger, I want them to see me as a kind and patient person,one that is never self seeking. Oh may my children see me showing love to their father and I know my kids know I love them, but am I showing them the kind of love that God wants them to see? But beyond that ….are my children truly seeing me love my neighbor? Wow…I have some work to do, how about you?

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  1. HeatherM

    When I was a teen I was taught to look at this verse, and the fruits of the spirit (Gal 5:22-23) differently. Teen girls spend a lot of time dreaming of their “perfect” guy, their dream boyfriend, etc. They often develop checklists of what traits their ideal guy will have (eg tall/dark/handsome/ likes the same music/ loves to cook/ adventurous/ outdoorsy/ handy/ etc. Sometimes teen girls make these lists in their heads, or discuss them with friends, or write them down. Then they often compare the guys they meet to this list. So as a teen I was encouraged to make this my “dream guy” list- patient, kind, does not envy or boast, protecting, humble and not proud, not easily angered, giving rather than self seeking, and showing the fruits of the spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control). This was unique because so many young girls are pressured to date only Christian boys as if that title means they will automatically be more loving significant others. I can tell you I dated a few Christian boys who were not kind, patient, and they didn’t have self-control and I figured out a Christian boy was not the end all be all. The boy described above was. When I started dating my husband he was not a Christian. But the more I got to know him the more I saw he had just about every quality on my list. I looked for the qualities God told me to look for (instead of the title Christian) and I found a man who still has all of those amazing attributes ten years later- even when I was a hormonal pregnant mess, or screaming at him in the throes of labor. Now that I’m married, I look at that verse more like you seem to now- measuring how well I am doing in my marriage.

  2. Thanks for sharing that….My teen and I were talking yesterday about someone that had done her wrong. I was able to pull this verse out and explain that love keeps no record of wrong. I love that when God gives you a verse he opens doors for you to use it.

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