How many of us had 1 Corinthians 13 read at our overly-opulent, weddings? How many of us had any clue what those words actually meant while quick stepping through that first dance, shoving cake in each others faces, or preparing to leave for a ridiculously expensive honeymoon in a part of the world where the locals where barely scraping by?
When I said “I do”, I had no thoughts of real “1 Corinthians 13 love”. I just wanted to have all of my adolescent romantic fantasies fulfilled and have the “security” of knowing that I would no longer have to fear being alone (Insert ironic chuckling here). Eventually, I learned all about 1 Corinthians 13 love, when my wife of 10 years left me for another man at her new job. That’s when I learned that…
Love is choosing to be alone when you want desperately to be with someone else just to ease the pain.
Love is spending your every last cent to put off signing a paper you know that God hates.
Love is waiting in obedience for a restoration that may never come.
Love is praying for the soul of someone who wishes you would just disappear.
Love is praying every night to be filled with love and forgiveness for the man your wife is in bed with at that moment.
Love is reading to your son and playing Legos when your doubled up in sickness and there’s no one around to care for you or back you up.
Love is choosing to get up and serve God today even He hasn’t brought your helpmate back.
Love is praying and longing for restoration with someone you don’t even know if you like anymore.
Love is crying yourself to sleep because you haven’t held your daughter in 6 days.
Love is hating your very life but refusing to quit because you live for God, your prodigal spouse and your kids.
Love is praying for your in-laws, who have turned on you without cause.
Love is walking two acres in the snow and wind to dig out your car and warm it up to take your son to school.
Love is living out the “better or worse ’til death do us part stuff” even when your spouse is not.
Love is smiling to your colleagues who think you are insane and saying “God’s got this” when you want break down sobbing.
Love is hanging on and hanging in when you want to run and hide.
Love is standing in gap.