Some things I have learned #44

Subtitle: Or, at the least, I think I believe

Sub-subtitle: Or, at the most, I believe I know


Let us love one another, because love is from God…God is love…We love because God first loved us (1 John 4.7a, 16b, 19)

Faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13.13)

There is a vast difference between a gift and a wage. The former is given freely and unilaterally without qualification and quantification of my deserving based on what and how much I have done. The latter is paid, metaphorically and literally, in equivalent relation to a mutually agreed price of my labor.

Yet, concerning a gift, I have learned something else, something more. It is not mine to keep. For it is not a possession. Truly, for a gift to be (to remain) a gift, it must be kept in circulation.[1]

God, Who is Love, loves us. And to be loved is (to be empowered) to love. Therefore, in receiving this gift, I can do no less, no better than (God) to give it away.

© 2022 PRA

#loveisloveisloveislove #loveasgift #loveisthegiftthatkeepsongiving #loveisthegiftthatisgivenaway

[1] Here, I do not mean the practice of “regifting” in which I extend to another something that has been given to me that I either do not want or cannot use. Rather, whatever I have been given, whether material or immaterial (e.g., a sympathetic word), I, likewise, am to share with others.

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