I say that word a lot.
I was taking a gander at Webster’s definition:
an intense feeling of deep affection.
2. a person or thing that one loves.
1. feel a deep romantic or sexual attachment to (someone).
And then I read the Biblical definition as recorded in 1st Corinthians 13: 4-7 (NASB):
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It 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 always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love is stressing me out.
Ought not be, right? But it is. I’m an extremely affectionate, passionate, God fearing woman, so I kept reading the Biblical list. Like Santa; I even checked it twice. Found out I was one who’d been both naughty and nice.
I’m in the mood to fight for LOVE.
The word is overused so much that very few have even looked up the definition. It’s just…a given. Love to them basically equals something they really like. That’s it. Nothing more and nothing less. There’s no reflection on the ridiculously overlooked component to real love: SACRIFICE!
I write love poetry constantly. I write about it all…
My content is tastefully done and demonstrates a range of emotions. At times broken vernacular is used and others, the King’s English. It all depends on what I’m feeling at the time. I’d give the content I share, a PG-13 rating with an occasional NC-17 streak. By choice, I do not use profanity, sexually explicit photos or post pieces that would be classified as Erotica. However I find it very interesting that the prudish and “saints” (in this context the reference is applied to “church folk” with short term memory loss of their lives before their God encounter), are uncomfortable with publicly admitting they read and even screenshot my poetry on Instagram.
Especially considering the top reasons for divorce among Christians according to studies are:
1. Ongoing adultery/pornography
2. Lack of communication
3. Drug or alcohol addictions/abuse
4. Physical/emotional abuse
5. Sexual problems
I liken those living vicariously through my transparency to the religious folk of Jesus’ day who couldn’t be seen talking to Him but would go to Him alone at night for help, advice and deliverance (John 3).
There’s nothing new under the sun and true healing ONLY comes from being honest about what’s hurting.
To be continued.
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