Love: The breath of fresh air amidst the stale odors around us

Proverbs 10:12

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses. 

1 Corinthians 13:4–6

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 

Sometimes the shortcomings, failures, bad choices and sins in our world fill the air with a stale odor. Sometimes we add to that odor: we have clearly failed to do what we ought to have done. We have done the very things we ought not to do. Then there are times when we may simply make the wrong call, when our best efforts to determine and do what is good and right yield only an apparent choice between the lessor of two evils, and we make the wrong choice. There are even times when we make the right choice and still feel the need for forgiveness from others. 

Love is a precious gift in those cases, for it not only covers over offenses, it also seeks the good, rejoices in truth, and does all that in a humble manner. Love is a breath of fresh air amidst the stale odor of arrogance, boasting, envy, and unkindness that fills the world around us. 

Whether we’ve experienced the offense of another, caused another pain or harm, or simply see the unkindness of the world around us, love is a gift worth embracing, sharing, and cultivating in our souls. For reasons no one really needs to know, this is particularly important to me today. I thank God for Jesus’ love and hope to find its redeeming presence in my goings and comings today. Maybe I’ll cross your path and we can share Christ’s love with each other.

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