“Better is open rebuke, than hidden love” – Proverbs 27:5
Have you noticed that these days you’re not allowed to ‘love’ those who you trust, or care about… When you do with other guys it’s either a bro-mance, you’re gay… when you have a close relationship with someone of the opposite sex people automatically presume it’s a sexual relationship.
The reality is that it’s not the case… and it shouldn’t be like that.
Why can’t we LOVE each other?…
and why does it HAVE to be a sexual thing?
I love my family… I love my friends… I love my workmates… and why should I be made to feel ashamed at that?
Why do I feel I need to hide that?
Here’s the thing… When we don’t love one another we fall into the trap of disobeying a commandment of Jesus… we are to love one another.
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35
So what does that mean?
What is LOVE?
If we have been to a wedding we have most likely heard 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (often called the LOVE verse)
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
You see when we read through this list it’s very easy to see how ‘the world’ or society has changed lust and given it the title ‘love’ – but it’s clear to see they are two very different creatures.
There is NOT ONE part of 1 Corinthians 13:4 that says “Love is getting what I want” or “Love is about sex” or “love is purely physical”
So why have we made it ALL about these things?
Love is patient… it waits for the OTHER person
Love is Kind… it uplifts, it makes OTHERS feel good about themselves
Love doesn’t envy… it doesn’t worry about who you’re with because Love always trusts
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails
You see LOVE isn’t about YOU… Love is about OTHER people… and what you can do for THEM to lift THEM up.
It’s not about SEX… so why make it all about that?
The 60’s ruined the words “I Love You” it was almost abused with the ‘Free Love’ movement…
So lets claim it back!
Lets start telling people “I LOVE YOU” with out hiding it… without it being about something more than it is…
Which is one person caring greatly for another person… there is nothing wrong with that right?
So why do you feel ashamed at that?
It’s a colourful… bright… powerful phrase… that brightens dark places…
Lets not be ashamed of loving others anymore!