Saturday

MOTIVATION TO LOVE - LUKE 7:47

Today's texts are Luke 7:47, Prov.10:12 and 1 Corinthians ch. 13. Sorry I've been away for so long. Busy, busy, busy, which isn't good. I keep thinking about Mary's sister Martha who chose not to sit at the Lord's feet because of her many (though very necessary) chores.

And so I've been thinking. My waiting room wall displays a pictorial chart of 1 Corinthians ch. 13. It shows Noah building his ark and then different animals acting out love's manifold character in various scenarios. A brilliant object lesson, and many people comment on it. But what about the motivators for this love and its connection to understanding? Consider the following statements and keep chewing the cud...

Love without understanding is blind.
Understanding without love is legalistic.
The right kind of understanding generates the right kind of love.

Jesus once said, "To whom little is forgiven, the same loves little." (Luke 7:47)
"Hate stirs up strife, but love covers a multitude of sins." (Proverbs 10:12, 1 Cor.13:4-6)

Even among Christians this may be worth pondering... Are you aware of how much you have been forgiven by God (that is, IF you have been forgiven and know it)? What motivates you to love others?

Have a lovely and loving day,
Margaret

3 comments:

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Hi Margaret, it is so nice to be here again. I enjoyed reading this post.
How is your weekend? :)

LauraW said...

Hello darling girl,

It is shameful how long it has been since I have commented.

I have been reading through your posts and, boy have you been a busy little bee :)

Love without understanding is blind.
Understanding without love is legalistic.
The right kind of understanding generates the right kind of love.

Would it not also be correct to say that the right kind of love generates the desire for understanding? Love without understanding is not possible, for it is not real love. And at the same time, Understanding without love is also impossible for understanding is more than simply knowing. Am I playing a semantics game again? :)

Love you lots - Laura

Margaret said...

Hee hee, looks like we shall have a lively discussion about love and understanding next Friday night (among other things, of course).
Look forward to it!
Much love as always, Margaret