The Power of Love
I am wondering how love would respond to the U.S. election. One candidate won by a substantial majority. Supporters of the losing candidate rioted in the streets, they called in too sick to work, and even wept openly on TV.
It is great that people show such passion for their candidates. I’m currently involved in another project, and as part of that, I am to refrain from having negative opinions. Notice, I said “having,” not “expressing.” It is one thing to bite your tongue when tempted to criticize; it is another thing to squelch the temptation itself.
Here’s what the Bible says about love (Common English Bible):
Love: the universal spiritual gift
13 If I speak in tongues of human beings and of angels but I don’t have love, I’m a clanging gong or a clashing cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and I know all the mysteries and everything else, and if I have such complete faith that I can move mountains but I don’t have love, I’m nothing. 3 If I give away everything that I have and hand over my own body to feel good about what I’ve done but I don’t have love, I receive no benefit whatsoever.
4 Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, 5 it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, 6 it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. 7 Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. As for prophecies, they will be brought to an end. As for tongues, they will stop. As for knowledge, it will be brought to an end. 9 We know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, what is partial will be brought to an end. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, reason like a child, think like a child. But now that I have become a man, I’ve put an end to childish things. 12 Now we see a reflection in a mirror; then we will see face-to-face. Now I know partially, but then I will know completely in the same way that I have been completely known. 13 Now faith, hope, and love remain—these three things—and the greatest of these is love.
As part of our readings for the other project, we are in Chapter 9 of The Greatest Salesman in the World. In that Scroll, the reader is urged to “greet this day with love in my heart.”
And how will I do this? Henceforth will I look on all things with love and I will be born again… I will encourage my friends and they will become brothers… Always will I dig for reasons to applaud; never will I scratch for excuses to gossip..… I love all manners of men for each has qualities to be admired even though they be hidden.
In his book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill advocates the following:
“I eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness and cynicism by developing love for all humanity because I know that a negative attitude towards others can never bring me success.”