When we think about giving, we usually picture specific seasons. Whether it be brightly wrapped boxes under the Christmas tree or around a cake adorned with candles, or a red packet. But giving and receiving gifts is only a tiny part of what true giving is all about.
This is arguably one of the most eloquent description of love ever penned. It is read in Christian or church weddings very often. There are numerous wedding sermons preached from this passage of the Bible. However, Paul did not write this passage on love with weddings in mind.
"That chocolate cake is calling out my name! Give me an extra large slice. I'll diet tomorrow." "I know smoking is not good for me. But I have a stressful job. I need to smoke to de-stress." "I knew what we were doing was wrong. But I never thought that there would be a baby! "
We all grow up learning to navigate life according to our five senses - sight, smell, sound, taste and touch. We see (and hear) a growling dog, we cross the street to the other side. We see a cute teddy bear, we go, "So cute!" and we reach for it. But not everything is as it appears.
Life can get difficult. When the rent is due, and the funds aren't there. When you go through your grocery shopping and carefully tally up the total cost of what is in your shopping trolley before going to the cashier, because you only have so much money on you.
Peace in relationships (some people might call this 'unity') can only be built with forgiveness, reconciliation and love. Relationships routinely face conflict. It is the normal stuff of life. And reconciliation gives relationships an opportunity to start over.
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