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In “Other” Words: Love Worth Fighting For

love is patient
love is kind.
It does not envy,
it does not boast,
it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others,
it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects,
always trusts,
always hopes,
always perseveres.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)

M

y husband will often joke that cupid stopped off here a few years ago, and did not leave.

Our oldest son married last summer, our twin daughters are each marrying this year and another son has been dating for about eight months.  Our younger ones are good chaperons AND good reporters!  (They just don’t realize when they are dating what they will get back!)

As I was reading through this familiar passage on love, how we need the reminders of these words often.  It seems so “easy” during dating years and first married.  I thought marriage would be easier the more years we are married.  NOT!  It’s still hard work!  It’s still making the decision to love, forgive and forget, trust, protect, serve, rejoice with, etc.  It made me think of the words of a song that was sung at our son’s wedding, below.

I wonder how many marriages would be saved if we lived by the I Corinthians 13.  I wonder if it’s when we quit fighting for love, if it’s when we really give up.  I wonder if envisioned angels surrounding our doors, trying to stop our leaving, the words we say to each other, if we’d hush our voices and throw away our list of wrongs.

Yes, love is worth fighting for, and it’s my prayer as our children marry, they will break the statistics and keep fighting for love.

 

LOVE IS NOT A FIGHT
by Warren Barfield

Love is not a place
To come and go as we please
It’s a house we enter in
Then commit to never leave

So lock the door behind you
Throw away the key
We’ll work it out together
Let it bring us to our knees

Chorus:
Love is a shelter in a raging storm
Love is peace in the middle of a war
And if we try to leave,
may God send angels to guard the door

No, love is not a fight
but it’s something worth fighting for

To some, love is a word
That they can fall into
But when they’re falling out
Keeping that word is hard to do

(Chorus)

Love will come to save us
If we’ll only call
He will ask nothing from us
But demand we give our all

(Chorus)

I will fight for you
Would you fight for me?
It’s worth fighting for


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5 thoughts on “In “Other” Words: Love Worth Fighting For

  1. Wow Loni, you really are having lots of love in your household. And such a mixture of ages and what’s happening in their lives. But I love the words to the song you included about love and marriage. Marriage is hard at times and it’s worth fighting for. Too many people give up. I hear people say “I love him but I’m no longer in love with him.” I almost laugh because who can always maintain that ‘in love’ feeling over years and years. Yes we have those moments but love is a choice.

    I’m so glad the Lord didn’t leave us to figure it all out ourselves. His Word is very clear on love. And I’m thankful for His reminders. Happy Valentine’s Day Loni!

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

  2. Love is definitely worth fighting for. We fall into it too quickly sometimes and we bail out too fast. We don’t give it a chance. Its a balance that needs to be maintained all our lives, a daily choice to love, forgive, and continue on. Thanks for sharing today. Good post.

  3. I wonder if it’s when we quit fighting for love, if it’s when we really give up.

    I think you are right on here. It IS when we stop fighting for that love. I always think of the temple when Jesus lost his temper – isn’t that what we’re all shown to do in the house of love, which is wherever we are standing – home, office, grocery story? No slander, no cheapening…

    Your words today as always are moving.

    And gosh, congratulations! I love the love that has come and not left. It truly is a testament to your family. Glory to God!

    All thru Him,
    Cin

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