I started this outreach about six years ago on the principal that, in all things, we were responsible for ministering to the lost with gentleness and respect. Peter made this point clear in his first epistle and it is one that we can easily overlook as we try to win arguments. The truth can be as offensive as the manner with which it is delivered and this love for all extends to even intellectual honesty and the responsibility to approach all subjects fairly.
My focus is on extrapolating from the Word and how it relates to the world around us, from our interactions to the world and our response to life here. For the glory of our God, I seek to be deliberate in every word I write that everything would be both eloquent and truthful. This will never be a ministry of advertisements or self-aggrandizing messages and if there is error, I invite all to please share.
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Written by Phillip Nicewaner
Two people meet for the first time and “hit it off”. After this chance success, they meet again and again, learning about one another, sharing and developing an emotional connection and enjoying moments of affection. At some point down the line, they discover that the other person has become almost like an extension of their life and they say those three, powerful words. Granted, at times, because of confusion from the physical intimacy being introduced too early, those three words find themselves in the open, even though the emotional connection has not developed properly. The way I see it, the problem that comes with the idea of love and loving someone romantically stems from how many times this idea has been attached to situations and feelings which have trivialized its value and importance.
Despite the confusion that occurs on the romantic side, there seems to be a general understanding about the nature of love as it pertains to other things like the familial love we can be blessed to experience throughout our lives. The matter of consideration throughout the series that this prologue of sorts will preface is a matter of what it means to love someone honestly and the incredible duty therein, drawing from 1 Corinthians 13. Because we can manage some seemingly instinctual understanding of love with our family, the focus will instead address the romantic expression, through which the man and woman eventually become one body. Join me throughout the next several weeks while I explore and dig deeply into the scripture.
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love 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, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 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. 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.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
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Love is kind (Coming soon!)
Love does not envy
Love does not boast
Love is not proud
Love does not dishonor others
Love is not self-seeking
Love is not easily angered
Love keeps no record of wrongs
Love does not delight in evil
Love rejoices with the truth
Love always protects
Love always trusts
Love always hopes
Love always perseveres
Love never fails