In this current culture of obscuring the truth with words (e.g. locker room talk, boys will be boys), I need to reflect on the truth found in 1 Corinthians 13.
Lust wants to possess, to force.
Love hopes for love’s response.
Lust wants to rule, to conquer.
Love brings freedom to the lover.
Lust wants to be served, and uses others.
Love wants to serve.
Lust is self-seeking.
Love seeks for good in the one loved.
Lust lies to get what it wants.
Love rejoices with the truth.
Lust becomes angry when it doesn’t get its way.
Love is patient and kind.
Lust leads to self-gratification.
Love leads to self-sacrifice.
The one who lusts becomes like the purveyor of lust.
The one who loves becomes like the author of love.
I may not have stated it all quite right, but I want to point to the one who came to proclaim the truth of God’s love.