Some of the greatest insights on what it means to love someone come from the pen of the apostle Paul [Note the word "charity" speaks of love in action.]: "And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away." (vv. 3-8). John had been married to Mary for fifty years. One night in bed she said, "When we were young you used to hold my hand." A little irritated, he slowly reaches out his hand. "When we were young you used to snuggle up to me," Mary said. Even more slowly, John's body creaks and turns, nestling against hers. 'When we were young you used to nibble on my ear," she whispered. Abruptly he throws back the covers and jumps out of bed. Bewildered, Mary asks, Where are you going?" "To get my teeth!" he grumbles. To nibble on an ear when you're full of romance and bubbling hormones is one thing. To nibble on that same ear years later when it holds a hearing aid, when the scent in the air is Vicks VapoRub, and when you have to get up to get your teeth—that's love!
"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)
Though we yearn greatly for the return of our King, there are still souls to be won. We can take heart in the love of our Father that all of Christ's sheep will be gathered before that final trump. None of our yet-saved brothers will perish. And this is the purpose for which Christ delays his coming.
Week #30 schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Leviticus 16-18
Monday: (History) 2 Kings 11-15
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 84-86
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 11-12
Thursday: (Prophecy) Ezekiel 31-36
Friday: (Gospels) Luke 21-22
Saturday: (Letters) Colossians 3-4