The Love Series is finished. For 10 weeks, we examined, studied and applied love as defined by 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Love is patient, Love is kind, Love is not jealous or boastful. It is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way. It is not irritable or resentful. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. Love never ends. What we discovered is that ‘love’ is within all of us; is our true self, free of its ego. It’s rising out of ourselves in order to connect with others to serve their needs.
So how did you do? Was it easy? Was it difficult? Did you learn through trial and error? Did you discover how it can be easy to love some people and difficult to love others? Where you able to love those that seemed to make it difficult? What was your biggest take away?
With spiritual journeys such as this, God often brings in a test. Towards the final two weeks, I received that very trial. Unfortunately, I must report that I was unable to act with love and set my ego aside. And although I was fully conscious of what I could choose, I chose differently.
Is this a failure? Were all of those weeks of study and application a complete waste? Personally, I don’t see it this way at all. It’s a learning experience. It’s a humbling experience. Think about those that demonstrate love. Mother Teresa for one. Jesus is pretty much the all-encompassing example. I’m sure Gandhi had it down. These spiritual giants are giants because they mastered love. How many giants can we count? Maybe 10 if we do some serious research.
Accomplishing the transformation to love is not child’s play. It is for many, a life long journey. But let us not be discouraged. We create change along the way. We may not become what we aspire to overnight. But as we continually grow towards it, we become better. We learn from our missteps. We change and morph and along the way, we create something new and likely more than once! We may not become love immediately, but as we grow towards it, as we change ourselves, we do change our choices and we change the lives of those around us and eventually those changes ripple across the world.
Become you, become love and you will change the world.