Often secular writers coin lines that reverberate with biblical truth. One such line by Robert Heinlein, Neopagan at best, caught my eye and so I share it with you: “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
The statement is not Neopagan in essence, but is spot on biblical teaching on the principles of true love. A colloquial expression posits the same truth, “When Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” Even Paul the Apostle had his take on this line of love thought: 1 Corinthians 7:33, “But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.” This verse does not by any definition imply that he actually pleases his wife.
Love, the true kind, is never all about self, but centers on the one who is loved. I was asked some time ago which one verse in the Bible was the most utilitarian in all of scripture? I thought about this question and searched all through the sacred book, and discovered, in my humble opinion (okay it is not a humble opinion), but is at least thought provoking. John 3:16 wins hands down. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The principles are a necessity in all love endeavors.
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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