Sunday, March 15, 2015

Is love really blind?

1 Peter 4:8King James Version (KJV)

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

1 Corinthians 13 King James Version (KJV)

13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

How many times have you seen a couple that seemed to be an odd mix? The one seems to be a good person. The other seemed to be a rough looking character. When you see this couple, how often have you shaken your head and said (or thought), "Love really must be blind?"
It hit me the other day with this thought: "Is love really blind?" 
Do we love people because they are so good and perfect? Does our love stop every time our spouse hurts us, or does us wrong? Do we have to "fall in love all over again" day after day? 
You see charity defined is "love in action, or love being given in a tangible way." The Bible doesn't say that "love is blind." It does say that charity (love being given), "beareth all things,..hopeth all things, endureth all things..." 
How can a loving parent endure the evil acts of an unrighteous child? Because they love their child.
How can a spouse continue to stay with their spouse when they continue to make bad choices and cause bad circumstances? Because they love their spouse.
How does Jesus, the Lord and creator of all the universe, tolerate us when we give in to temptation and fall, when we get angry and react unrighteously, when we look down our noses at the "unsaved trash" that populates the world? Because he loves us! 
Love given (charity) covers a MULTITUDE of sins. That's not one sin. That's not even a thousand sins. That's a multitude! The word in the Greek can mean "a great number of men or things, the whole number,..." 
Did you catch that? The word there for charity is "agape." It is God's unconditional love. So, God's unconditional love covers the whole number of our sins! How? a) because he loves us so much that he took action. His love became charity and caused him to b) become a man and go to Calvary. His shed blood covers our sins. 
And not just once. My wife showed me a coffee filter that we've had for years. It looks brand new. It's not brown and dirty looking like on would expect it to be. Why? She said that God reminds her every once in a while to clean it with Clorox to remove the stains. 
That's why, every so often, the Lord will call his people (that he loves!) to repentance. He'll apply the blood he shed on Calvary all over again, so that (once again) we are white as snow. He removes the stains that our newer sins, and the stains that this world can leave on us, and cleans us all over again. 
As long as we keep holding onto him,  "that he which hath begun good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:" (Philippians 1:6)
That means that, as long as we let him, he will continue to work on us until it is time for him to call us home. No, his love is not blind. Rather his love acts to cover our many sins- over and over, day by day, sin by sin. How can anyone refuse a love like that?