the comfort couch

to be Loved and love in return

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Love endures long and is patient and kind; love is never envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily  It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God‘s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no account to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fade-less under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
– ! Corinthians 13:4 to 7 –

My day, thus far, has been filled with THE most random things!

Some of them made me laugh and smile while shaking my head, and others warmed me up from the inside like a nice cup of tea.

This morning I blearily woke up to my radio alarm and the News which I conveniently ignored for a full twenty minutes. I then realized that I had to get up and get dressed for work. Not once did it cross my mind that Today Was Valentine’s Day.

Coincidentally, I decided to wear a red top today. When I went downstairs for breakfast, I found a card with roses from our garden from my mum. Then, when I went to my English Modernist lecture at 09:00 — one of the guys in my class fell asleep.

I have to stop and relate it all. (I found it extremely funny.)

So, Prof de Lange is busy discussing the narrative modes in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, when, in mid-sentence, he stops speaking and walks over to Mr Labuschagne’s desk. Mr Labuschagne had rested his head on his hand for the better part of the lecture, and was very quietly staring down at his lap. So, Prof de Lange walks over to him, bends over so that he can see Mr Labuschagne’s face, and clears his throat. Mr. Labuschagne then looks up (a bit startled) and says “Oh, sorry Sir! I was just checking the time!”

I went to the cafeteria for some sushi at 12:00 and then, suddenly, the speakers started blaring “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” in stereo.

I also had a good laugh at Google’s doodle of the day: http://gadgets.ndtv.com/others/news/george-ferriss-birthday-celebrated-by-valentines-day-google-doodle-330602

Apart from all the “odd” things that happened today, there were also a few tragic events that took place. The first being that South African Paralympian, Oscar Pistorius apparently shot and killed his girlfriend early this morning when she came to surprise him for Valentine’s Day. According to the News, Pistorius shot her thinking that she was a burglar. Police are still investigating the events.

During lunch, I was sitting, and thinking how — everything considered — today was not such a bad day after all.

I’m constantly reminded by Holy Spirit that His love never fails. Regardless of the things we have to face everyday — whether they’re odds or heartbreak — He remains constant.

The greatest Valentine’s Day gift you could EVER receive is that of God’s unfailing love. John 15:13 says that “No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends.”

He loved you so much that He sent his best — His Only — to pay the price on your behalf. One often hears the story of the cross, but in my opinion, you can never hear it too many times. There’s such great power in Jesus’s act of love. He literally became sin so that God the Father wouldn’t have to kill you — which is what we deserve according to Romans 3:23.

Jesus’s love is without merit, it’s without small-print in the contract, it has no Terms and Conditions — it’s simply Unfailing, Selfless, Gracious, Perfect, Consuming, Affectionate, Passionate, Intimate, Benevolent, Devoted, Personified Love.

God is love.

This is what the Message has to say on it:

My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with Him. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love — so you can’t know Him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through Him. This is the kind of love we’re talking about — not that we once upon a time loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God. (1 John 4:7 to 10)

My prayer is that you, today, might re-realize the immense love that He has for you. He loves you more than words can ever begin to explain! He loves you so much that No Price is too high, no journey too far. No matter what you did or still can do to “misunderstand” love — He still loves you just the same. May you come to know Love and be able to share Him with those around you. May you learn to love and be loved in return.

 

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