Philio (I Love You)
Love is a wonderful theme in 1 Corinthians 13; too often, we only quote verse 13. I like what is said in verses 4 to 8: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud…it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
If we let it, God’s Love can be the driving forcer in our lives. We fear saying this to one another, because we do not want to embarrass ourselves in front of others. Ignore this fear; whenever I have said “I love you” to someone, even a stranger, I am blessed by a smile.
I love to love; I love to say I love you, just as God says to me every day. I love that God loves me; therefore, I love when I love someone else. It is what God asks me to do.
At the age of 50, I began a new direction; I began to teach, first in high school, then in college. Every class in every semester I told my students that I loved them, that I loved to teach them. My career as an educator was the most wholesome and rewarding part of my life.