The L Word
“Love, love is a verb; Love is a doing word…” -Massive Attack: “Teardrop”
On this week’s sermon, we spend a little time talking about a very big thing: Love. The concept of love is complex and complicated. We can feel it, we can see it, we can express it, and we can certainly verify if it is lacking somewhere and inside of someone.
Love’s verifiability is partially in your ability to feel it. Have you ever been treated unlovingly? You can feel it in your bones, heart, gut, brain, and everywhere in your body. Our whole mood can change and spirit can be affected by the lack of love and also the presence of it.
This verse from 1 Corinthians shows us that love is kinetic and that it is in movement. Love is a verb and results crop up when love is poured out. Things also die when love is absent. The “to be” verb used alongside descriptions of love in this verse selection demonstrate the need to move forward and to act. Furthermore, it demonstrates to us what love does not look like. It is not arrogant, rude, or impatient, etc. Love reconstructs and fills up, while arrogance and reliance on knowledge puffs up the ego.
Spiritual gifts, knowledge, education, titles, class, are absolutely meaningless if they are devoid of love.
What’s more, is that since the largest command (which is to love) relates directly to emotion, feeling, and experience, this means that your stories, your feelings, your heart and soul and mind are so important to God. These instructions for us are useless if God themselves doesn’t treat us as humans this way. When we act in love, we are transmitting both our love and the love of God onto others. Let us as LGBTQ+ persons, POC, disabled, etc. love tremendously on one another and build eachother up because this is the work of Jesus and this is what manifests heaven on earth.
Beloved, if you are hurting, if you are oppressed and downcast, know that the Living God holds onto you so tightly in love and compassion. We cannot know and have all of the answers now, but God tells us that we will. We are fully known by God from before the day we were born. We are chosen as prophetic voices unto God to uproot oppressive systems which continually abuse and exploit God’s children. Meditate on ways you feel most loved, and image that forth into the world and onto humanity. Guard your hearts and know God is here to lift you up in your pain and your LGBTQ+ siblings are here as well.
Grace and peace,