What is love anyway?
Jesus asked us to love, He demonstrated love. He instructed us to love God and to love others. He asked us to love others as we love ourselves. How do we do this when most of the time we don’t even like ourselves?
If we hate ourself, berate oursel, underrate ourselves, do we still love our neighbour as we love ourself? Cameron Semmens
Love is a command but how much time have we spent reading and learning about love? We spend a lot of time researching and learning about other topics, issues, scriptures, doctrines, but not that much on love. If we learn more about love we may begin to love ourselves more, to love others more.
I thought that we might ponder and lean into this classic poem On Love by Thomas Kempis. Thomas was medieval priest, a poet, monk and writer. This is his poem On Love.
Love is a mighty power,
a great and complete good.
Love alone lightens every burden, and makes rough places smooth.
It bears every hardship as though it were nothing, and renders
all bitterness sweet and acceptable.
Nothing is sweeter than love.
Nothing more pleasant,
Nothing fuller or better in heaven or earth; for love is born of God.
Love flies, runs and leaps for joy.
It is free and unrestrained.
Love knows no limits, but ardently transcends all bounds.
Love feels no burden, takes no account of toil,
attempts things beyond its strength.
Love sees nothing as impossible,
for it feels able to achieve all things.
It is strange and effective,
while those who lack love faint and fail.
Love is not fickle and sentimental,
nor is it intent on vanities.
Like a living flame and a burning torch,
it surges upward and surely surmounts every obstacle.
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