February 16, 2010

"Theads" Wk 1 - Patterns

A recent ad in the personal section of an Atlanta News Paper read:

Single black female seeks male companionship, ethnicity not important. I’m a very good looking girl who loves to play. I love long walks in the woods, hunting, camping, fishing trips, cozy winter nights lying by the fire. Candle lit dinners will have me eating out of your hand. Rub me the right way and watch me respond. I’ll be at the front door when you get home for work, wearing only what nature gave me. Kiss me and I’m yours. Call 875.6420 and ask for Daisy.

15,000 men responded to this ad. Only to reach the Atlanta Humane Society. Where a 9 week old Black Lab named Daisy was waiting to be adopted.

I wonder how many of us continue to look for Love in all the wrong places. Personally I believe not only are we looking in the wrong places, but what we're looking for isn't even Love. It seems we have fallen to the influence of our culture that paints Love as something far from what God originally intended it to be. Sparking a butterfly effect where are relationships suffer because of it. Which is why it is so important to strive for the Biblical Love, as we allow it to form the foundation and dictate the Patterns within our relationships.

What patterns do you see in your relationships? Patterns of Harmony or Drama? Forgiveness or Bitterness? Selfishness or Selflessness? Generosity or Greed? Kindness or Anger? Furthermore how do your relationships match up to the Patterns of Love we find in scripture?

1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.