I’ve been thinking about tomorrow’s lesson. It’s been a couple of weeks since our last meeting as a group.
This week’s lesson is supposed to be about jealousy. We’re starting to delve more deeply into what love is NOT…
It strikes me that there is a central theme inherent in how 1 Corinthians describes what love is not. And it can be summed up in 3 letters. Ego.
Love is not about…
deflating another’s accomplishments or traits to enhance my own = envy
wanting what belongs to another = jealousy
puffing myself up to feel better = boasting
thinking myself better than others = pride
looking out only for my own interests = selfishness
All these types of activities fan the flame which guards the throne of our ego. They are a natural aspect of human nature when it operates with it’s baser instincts. At anytime in which these instincts inform our actions, intentions and motives…we are walking somewhere outside the sphere of true love.
One might actually conclude from looking at the list above that the manner in which love defines the defense of self is NOT to defend the egoic self at all. In fact, true love seems to require us to do just the opposite.
But does that mean that love weakens into a mushy sentiment devoid of any timber or fiber? Absolutely not! Infact, love is a strong defense; but in a way which turns ego on it’s head. Do you know the mystery of love’s defense? Have you witnessed the transforming power in your own life?