Thoughts on Love

by jessicaturner on May 13, 2008

Two weekends of weddings gave me reason to pause and think about my own wedding day. During our ceremony, my friend Molly read 1 Corinthians 13 from The Message. I love the way Eugene Peterson restates these words.

1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

8-10Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

11When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

12We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

13But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

Matthew and I have been in a busy, somewhat hard season. But despite everything, I am able to cling to our love. It is the only thing that always makes sense. It’s ever present and constant. I don’t know how NOT to love this man – and I am grateful for that. I know he is a gift.

I love you, Matthew.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Matthew Paul Turner May 13, 2008 at 6:59 pm

i love you, too, baby…


Jennifer May 15, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Thank you for posting this, Jessica. It inspired me to write my own “thoughts on love.” Sometimes I don’t think to write down what I’m feeling, but it’s powerful when I do!


Bevy July 18, 2008 at 1:26 am

Who are those two? :)


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