Let's be reasonable with one another, shall we?

Friday, August 30, 2013

I haven't been here for a while but if there is anyone out there who thinks about the Bible, please help if you wish.  I have been thinking about what the Bible has to say about LOVE. 

It happens to us as human beings that we enter relationships in which we think we really love someone.  But: I was thinking about this passage and that "old familiar feeling." Whether it is philea (friendship) love, romantic love (eros), familial love (storge?) or sacrificial love (agape) ... the same question applies for me.  If the object of love forsakes the trust or shows themselves to be inevitably prone to do that which betrays trust... are we as humans supposded to trust them still?  Even Jesus didn't trust certain people, because he knew what was in their hearts.  Sometimes, we must admit, reasoning can show us when people aren't trustworthy.  When do we, as people who might be trying to really follow this description of love, cease to be obedient to it because we stop trusting?

I Cor. 13: 4-12Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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 hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes,what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.


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