A conversation with Hannah about blogging usually goes something like this:
“Abigail, you should really write something for Radical Femininity.”
“Because you have only written one thing since we started this!”
“You don’t say?”
“Yes. It was a review. You should really start posting.”
“I’m not a blogger.”
“Well you WOULD be if you’d do it! I think you’d make a wonderful blogger.”
“Nope. Don’t know how.”
“Well it usually helps to learn, silly!”
“I’m not silly. I’m really smart sometimes.”
“That’s an insult.”
“Maybe I’ll forgive you.”
“So when are you going to post something?”
“Uhhhh … maybe the second Tuesday of next week?”
“No, not silly … I’m a busy person. I’ve got places to go and people to see….” I think you got the idea 🙂
I’ve always thought blogs were great … when you write and I read. That’s how it has been, and that’s the way I like it! It’s something I don’t really know how to do, so I’ve never given it much thought. I liked the idea of starting this blog, but did’t really think about the fact that maybe I should post on it sometimes! But I’ve always heard that when inspiration hits, you should do something about it, so with that in mind (and maybe a little encouragement from Hannah!), I’m going to share some things I’ve been learning lately! I hope you’ll excuse my straight forward and ever so impolitically-correct way of writing!
If you grew up in a Godly home, then most likely you have read or heard about the fruits of the spirit, right??? I’ve read Galatians 5:22-23 for as long as I can remember, but I think we kind of overlook the more “common” passages more often than we should! Those two little verses got my attention the other day when I was listening to the song “It’s Worth It” by Francesca Battistelli. It talks about love, and how it’s not easy, but is worth it. I got to thinking about love – what it means and how to live it out, and then from there I got to thinking about the different things listed as the fruits of the Spirit. So I’m going to go through each of the “fruits” listed … most of you know it already, but it often helps me to hear things more than once! So I’ll start with love, and go down the list!
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
Let’s see what defines love.
“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.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love seems to be one of the most clearly defined things in the Bible, but the hardest to do!
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
Love. A simple, little four-letter word. It sounds so easy, but is so complicated! But love is one of the most important things in the world!
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Love goes much deeper than the warm, fuzzy kind of romantic thing that today’s world calls love. The fashion magazines and social media present love, but unfortunately they don’t really know what true love is.
- True love doesn’t run dry or disappear after a few months or years.
- True love doesn’t quit when life gets messy.
- True love forgives.
- True love hopes.
- True love works through hurt.
- True love overcomes.
- True love isn’t always convenient.
- True love is accountable.
- True love looks for the good in others.
- True love waits.
- True love say “NO” to evil.
- True love is relentless.
- True love doesn’t change.
- True love is invincible!
It goes beyond pain and suffering, beyond heartache and hurt feelings. True love holds together in the hardest situations. And true love ONLY comes from the Creator of it!
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
There are SO many verses that talk about love but I think we’d be here all day if we tried to list them all, so I’ll leave you with this one:
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7
I hope you were encouraged and inspired by this … may we all learn to love truly!
With lots of love ~ Abigail