1 Corinthians 13
1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it (Love) is not proud.
5 It (Love) does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It (Love) always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.
11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Love hurts sometimes... heartbreak happens. I have felt the pain of losing a loved one in which your heart literally hurts. Love however, should NEVER intentionally hurt someone else. My heart is breaking tonight for someone I barely know... but he is someone who has been through a lot at the hands of his supposed loved ones... those who God placed him in their arms years ago as their son... but their form of love is not the love I know. Their form of love involves pain, a lack of protection, insecurity, and disappointment for a young man who deserves so much more. Without naming names I ask you to pray for this individual who is going through some harsh times in his young life.
I pray that the individuals that are causing this talented, smart young man such heartbreak will look into a mirror and see their ugly reflection, and that they will face their reality of their wrongdoings. God sees it... I don't know their hearts and I don't know that they care what God sees ... but He does no matter if we want him to or not.
So what does my reflection look like? It is by no means perfect in any form but I think it is important that we try to examine reflections from a different perspective. From His perspective. It is likely that we will not like what we see... but the reality of the reflection can motivate us to improve it... to make it better... to make us better. Which will in turn, help us to love better, and to show His love to others in a much better way.
I'm praying you friend... your name is heavy on my heart tonight.