Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth, not itself, is not puffed up,
1 Corinthians 13:4 (KJV).
It is quite bad enough when a person has poor eyesight, but even more so when they go to the optometrist to detect what the problem is and in the course of the examination come up with a wrong diagnosis and ends up prescribing the wrong lenses for the eyeglasses.
Such a situation could pose serious problems. In the sense that this person’s vision would end up being impaired, skewed, or distorted. This could be a very uncomfortable place to be in, but at least in this case if the person in question knows that there has been some mix up with the prescription we may say that this person is halfway to obtaining a solution, they will see to it that the problem is rectified by going back to the eye clinic for the correct lenses.
However, on another note, if this same person is so ignorantly clueless about the situation and assumes that since they were given these glasses that they just had to accept the lenses just as they are. Then, the situation is a hopeless one. It will be very difficult to convince the person to consider any sort of solution. In such cases we would hear sayings like “it is what it is,” or “whatever will be will be.”
In the same way, a huge number of people go around with a distorted image or understanding of what love means or is. Most of this distortion or misconceptions a lot of us have picked up from what life’s experiences have thrown at us. These experiences provide false, skewed lenses from which love is viewed, presented or misrepresented. We all know ourselves and what we have picked up over the years from books, movies, family encounters, peer pressure, etc. Hence we wonder why we are not talking and walking the love life successfully. There have been countless heartbreaks, heartaches, mistrust, suspicion, vengeance and you name it around the issue of Love. This is a problem, which has to be fixed if we must have the freedom that we are meant to have.
So, what is the solution to this love problem? Very simple, we must acquire the right lenses from the right source. When this is correctly done, then it will address the problem accurately, by reflecting and representing love in the true dimensions that it ought to be represented.
Which is the right source from which we can acquire the true representation of love? What are the dimensions of this kind of love we are looking for? Our Bible verse for today accurately provides the answer. This Bible verse draws us into the true lenses of this kind of love—- God’s kind of love.
This was the same kind of love Jesus demonstrated on the cross for us. His love was all about us and not about Himself. Therefore, this love should never be about us but about others. In this way, if correctly applied, we can then truly apply the popular saying—” love makes the world go round.”
When we choose to apply and demonstrate God’s kind of love in all the dimensions and ways in which it is prescribed in the Bible using the accurate lenses, our lives will without any doubt reflect the pure beauty of who GOD is to the world around us, and this is the only thing that can truly make the world go round.
Ebimobo W. Obasi
PLEASE PRAY ALONG:
A Prayer to Reflect God’s Love
FATHER GOD, You are the model of love. So please help me to show love to others as You have shown it to me. Let me reflect your love using the accurate lenses to demonstrate all the dimensions of your love, your kindness, humility, long-suffering, patience, and everything your love represents. Above all, please let my actions prove that I love You and that I love the people You created. In JESUS MIGHTY NAME AMEN.