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Love Like a Fire.

July 25, 2012

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
~1 Corinthians 13:13

Love is a fire inside of us.

If we take fire as a metaphor in our lives, we can learn a lot about how to love by watching the flicker and glow of a fire.

Just like any other fire, it needs fuel. Not small twigs and leaves but logs. It needs a foundation.

It needs soul nourishing conversation.
It needs heart changing experiences.
It needs soul piercing depth.
It needs promises and truths.
It needs God in the center and as the basis of it all.

Putting small amounts of the above makes for small flames, low heat, and the fire extinguishes quickly.

A fire also needs oxygen. The fastest way to put a fire out is by smothering it. We can smother our love and extinguish it.

By holding to tightly.
By not giving it the space it needs to grow and breathe.
By not letting it touch and spread to others.

To let love grow we have to have trust and faith. If we look at the way God loves us we can take notes on how to love ourselves and each other.

1 Corinthians 13 is a famous passage many speak of or know, but do we apply it?

If we look at every line in this chapter, we can see how it reflects an all consuming fire, a fire of love that has the power to wash all that seems to be ugly and makes it beautiful. So beautiful we cannot take our eyes off of it and changes our souls.

Love is patient.
Love is kind.
Love is not jealous.
Love is gentle.
Love does not brag.
Love does not demand it’s own ways.
Love keeps no records of wrongs.
Love never gives up.
Love never loses faith.
Love clings to hope.
Love endures all things.
Love believes all things.

Love was meant be a wildfire that consumed us from the inside. Love was meant to touch and change souls to believe in the unseen, to have unshakable faith, and to be intertwined in a hope that touches eternity.

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