Love Is Like A Bicycle
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NKJV)
The word love is used a great deal in life. It is a wonderful word. We tell our spouses that we love them, as well as our children, parents, even our good friends. However there is more to this word than meets the eye.
The word love really is like a bicycle. Just like a bicycle is made up of many components, so is the word love. In the Bible, God expands the word and breaks it down into several components. The most obvious example is 1st Corinthians 13, the so-called ‘love chapter’, quoted above. So to carry the thought further, if you say to your spouse, ‘I love you’, the love you’re expressing will be full of kindness, patience, will not be easily provoked, will not be rude, etc.
Notice another list of ‘love-parts’ in Romans 12:9-16: “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honour giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.”
As you can clearly see, we all have a lot of work to do. Our love that we express should include all of these components. When the expression “I love you” is used, are we patient, kindly and so on? You get the point. Real Godly love is more demanding—God expects much from us. On our own we fall short, but thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ in us, our ‘Love Bike’ is completed.
Father in Heaven, may the love of God be expanded and flow through us in all its components.
Study by Len Maylin
Worldwide Church of God Great Baddow
United Reformed Church
CHELMSFORD CM2 7HH
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