WHERE DOES A PERSONAL REVIVAL BEGIN?

school.pngEncountering the Word – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 at the theraineyview tells a personal story. What others think of what we write sometimes surprises us. Thus, I may or may not surprise the writer at the theraineyview. What struck me was the admission of an earlier ignorance, an ignorance I shared until I was over 50 years old.

Encountering the Word – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (link to passage)

I was 21 when I was in the library one night and happened on a definition of love. My boyfriend was always talking about love and I was always arguing that he didn’t know what love was and we would yell back and forth and sulk; it went on for years.

It was a quote, and I didn’t recognize the reference. A poem explaining what love is. I scribbled it out and brought it to him. To my surprise, he wasn’t impressed.

Years later I learned that it was from the Bible. (continued here)

That passage from 1 Corinthians 13 is something any serious Christian would recognize. In a bygone era — when Americans were still educated both with and about the Bible — almost anyone who could read would have recognized the source of that quote. Yet, even though the Bible is a literary masterpiece and foundational to Western philosophy, few read the Bible these days. So few would recognize one of the most often quoted parts of the Bible.

An abysmal ignorance of what most truly matters — the definition of love. That’s the consequence of a secularized education. So it is that so many think love is about pleasing our self, not serving and caring for someone else.

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