"Love never gives up. Love cares for others more 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."
~1 Corinthians 13:4-7
I am noticing a common thread as I dig through this passage of Scripture. The more I die to self, the more room there is for God's agape love to come in, fill me, and overflow onto others. I can also see that, the more I am lacking in this purest form of love, the more my life is built around me and what I want. And without agape love flowing through me, I wrestle with coveting what others have.
But if I open myself up to His love by putting to rest my own self and my fleshly desires, then my vision can clear enough to see that, all I have is all I really need. "Love doesn't want what it doesn't have." How freeing does that sound?! I am no longer hostage to my "needs", my wants, my longings. They've been released to make room for AGAPE.
Sounds great! If only it were that simple. Maybe it is! I don't know ~ I'm not there yet. But I am so taken by the view as I begin my baby steps down the AGAPE trail that I want to keep going...more than going after the things that have kept my attention for far too long.
I don't know what awaits me around the corner as I continue to inch my way down agape's path. But I can see it's far better than any neighborhood I've ever been in. I'd be a fool to turn back now. Besides, I have the ultimate Guide, watching my every step, leading the way down this unfamiliar trail. As excited as I am about this journey, I can't help but notice that His smile is even bigger than mine. Who would have known that my venture down this road would bring Him such delight?
Yes, all I have is all I really need. There's no need for more, with one exception ~ I want more of Him...and His agape love.
"Who, being loved, is poor?" ~Oscar Wilde