…(love) 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails…11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things…13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13, Selected Verses
I just finished listening to a podcast by my favorite writer, Caralyn, a.k.a. BeautyBeyondBones. Give a listen to Light in the Dark, and then let’s have a chat. Go ahead. I’ll wait. https://www.patreon.com/beautybeyondbones/posts
What can we do in a world that is so dark? How do we assign any sort of understanding to this? What’s the answer? While Caralyn asked for input in trying to deal with this, I hope she realizes she already gave the answer starting at the 1:20 mark through 1:47.
Jesus loved. So should we.
I used to say things like “So and so should go to hell!” and so on. Haven’t done that for years. I read an article about a guy who had a near-death experience, but it wasn’t one of those “go to the light” experiences. Nope, he got a total-immersion preview of hell. God told him to tell everyone and try to turn himself around.
He said it was so horrific that it would pain him if some even said “Go to hell” in jest.
So here’s the question about love – Could you have refrained telling Hitler to go to hell? Could you have loved Him? Could you have prayed for his eternal soul? No? That’s the kind of love Jesus has. That’s the kind of love Jesus tells us we MUST have.
That said, let’s break down the verses at the top.
“…(love) 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” Even the Holocaust.
“11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things…” Like hate. If we could strip away Hitler’s age and actions, if we could see the beautiful newborn baby, untouched by whatever demons that later turned his life into what we now know, could we love that baby? Could we look at the adult Hitler with some combination of pity, horror, and, yes, love? Could we somehow – as mature Christians – mourn his destruction that we could easily face ourselves?
“13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”