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How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

By Pastor Nilo Briones

A quote from the romantic poem popularized by Elizabeth Barrett Browning that still captures the enigmatic “love” over time.  It’s a simple word  yet indefinable in concrete expressions.  One can only feel it with mixed emotions of great joy and fear that it would somehow vanish.  Despite the differing cultures throughout generations, love stories never fade as this wonderful trait seems to be an attribute of humanity.  But have you ever wondered why?

Lest we drift into emotional upheaval, let’s turn the pages of the Scriptures as stated in the passage of 1 Corinthians 13:1-8, which says:

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.  4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.”

That’s how God defines love in its truest meaning, as revealed to us through the Apostle Paul.  This is what we call “agape”, which is an ancient Greco-Christian term of the highest form of love that embraces an unconditional love that surpasses beyond any circumstance.  In any enduring relationship, say for example between a husband and wife, this kind of love will serve as a strong bond that would break the yoke of despair and eventual divorce.  How blessed is the one who love the Lord with all his heart, soul, mind and strength.  And how blessed are those who love others as they love themselves.  For our Creator is a God of love, which explains why love is inherent in man from all walks of life.  Stay healthy in love then!

Pastor Nilo Briones oversees “Jesus Word of Life International Fellowship” congregating at Emmanuel Community Church building located at #3003 – 28th Street SE, Calgary every Saturday at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner fellowship.  For prayers, call at (403) 816-9642 or e-mail at nhil_julie@yahoo.com.









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