“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost
Did you know that walking in the pathway of love can make all the difference in your life?
Whether in a marriage, as you raise your children, as an entrepreneur or business owner, or as a caregiver caring for the weak and sick, as a teacher in a classroom or as the leader in a team. It is certain that on your journey, there will be many moments and events that will test to see if you are truly walking in the pathway of love.
What does it even meant to walk in the pathway of love?
Follow me closely.
Religion without love = NOISEMAKER
Spirituality/Spiritual gifts without love = NOTHINGNESS
Generosity/Sacrificial Giving without love = VALUELESS
But did you know that your love walk can make all the difference in the world? Yet, this pathway of love has today become the less travelled path.
Do you also know that the pathway of love remains one of the hardest paths to walk as you journey here on earth? And this is because, there will always be people, circumstances and events that will want to turn you away from this path.
The word of God gives us the clearest definition of what the word ‘LOVE” means. However, while culture and society tries to give us a counterfeit feel and view of what love means, it can still not be denied that God remains the truest and highest expression of love. And because we are his children, we have the capacity to express the God-kind of love.
What then is LOVE?
A chapter in the book of Corinthians clearly expresses what love is.
Love is large and incredibly patient.
Love is gentle and consistently kind to all.
Love refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else .
Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance.
Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor.
Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense.
Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong.
Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others.
Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 TPT
Now take a seat and a moment to do some reflection.
Where do you belong on the love scale?
Are you incredibly patient?
Are you gentle in your dealings and CONSISTENTLY kind to all? It is not about the kind today and unkind tomorrow thing. And also not about being kind and loving to only a select group of people.
Do you get jealous when blessings comes to someone else or even members of your family? (Search your heart right now)
Are you proud and rude? ( Do you talk down at others or consider others to be inferior and unimportant?)
Are you easily irritated by people’s actions and always quick to take offense?
Do you keep records of wrongs and offences? ( Yes, people do that. They actually write down names of their offenders)
Do you shame and disrespect others?
Do you always delight in things that are wrong and false?
Do you to subject others to severe punishment, reproof, or criticism ?
Have you stopped believing the best about those in your life?
Are you about to give up? (Remember that love never takes failure as defeat).
Think about these things today.
Love never stops loving – just like God never stops loving you irrespective of where you have been and what you have done. Above all, love will always remain even after everything else fades away.
It is true that faith can move mountains.
Likewise hope can keep you going in the midst of life’s storms.
But love remains the greatest of them all.
” Until then, there are three things that remain: faith, hope, and love—yet love surpasses them all. So above all else, let love be the beautiful prize for which you run.”
1 Corinthians 13:13 TPT
As you raise your children and build your family, let love be your driving force. When you are privileged and have been blessed, let love show you how to treat others right and motivate you to always be a blessing.
And as a human living here on earth, may love inspire you to always reach out. May love teach you to show a little kindness. And may love use you to restore hope to a broken and hurting world.
Will you make that choice today to always walk in the pathway of love?