Love, Rev. Chris Shorow

I Corinthians 13: 4-7—Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

As I read this scripture, I thought of the scene from the movie The Wedding Crashers, about two guys who crash weddings as a way to pick up women.  They attend scores of weddings; therefore they know quite a bit about the process.  In an early scene, the pastor at one wedding announces the bride’s sister will now read a scripture.  One crasher says to the other, “Twenty dollars, First Corinthians.”  The other says, “Double or nothing, Colossian 3:12.”  The bride’s sister takes the podium and begins, “And now a reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.”

I think my money would be on Corinthians, too.  It may be so familiar it is hard for us to hear it in a new way.  But one of the reasons it is so often read, especially at weddings, is it gives us a great description of love.  What parent can’t identify that love is patient?  Or what proud spouse doesn’t get that love is not envious or boastful?  Paul describes a love that is not just about feelings, but about the sacrifices we make when we truly love someone.

Paul describes the love of God.  God loves each of us individually and unconditionally.  So you know God must be incredibly patient.  God’s love is not dependent on what we do, what we know, how much money we have, or how funny we are - although I do think God likes a good sense of humor!  Paul reminds us of these attributes of God’s love and invites us to do the same.

I was talking with two friends the other day about saying I love you to others.  One friend said her dad never said, “I love you,” but he showed his love every day.  The other said, “My dad said I love you every time he saw me.”  We decided whether acted out or said, love is the most important thing we can share with our families and friends.  Just to make sure, I’m going to tell my family I love them tonight because I want them to know my love beyond a shadow of a doubt.  During this Lenten season, be reminded of God’s love for each of us - unconditionally and beyond a shadow of a doubt!

Prayer:  O God, just as you give us an unlimited supply of love, let us love one another the same way.  In Christ’s love we pray.  Amen.

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