A Doctor was addressing a large audience in Tampa. “The material we put into our stomachs is enough to have killed most of us sitting here, years go. Red meat is awful. Soft drinks corrode your stomach lining. Chinese food is loaded with MSG. High fat diets can be disastrous, and none of us realizes the long-term harm caused by the germs in our drinking water. However, there is one thing that is the most dangerous of all and we all have eaten, or will eat it. Can anyone here tell me what food it is that causes the most grief and suffering for years after eating it?” After several seconds of quiet, a 75-year-old man in the front row raised his hand, and softly said, “Wedding Cake.”
“If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end.” I Corinthians 13:3-7. (The Message)
Marriage and fatherhood have taught me so much about love, especially the love of God. You cannot improve of the KJV of I Cor. 13, but “The Message” is so interesting. Terry and I will celebrate our anniversary this Sunday and I am challenged to work harder and do better as a husband, father, and follower of Christ as I read the Love Chapter once again. I don’t remember eating a piece of our wedding cake, but that sweetness would have been lost years ago. However, the sweetness of having a generous, loving, godly wife is an undeserved gift from God with a lasting sweetness that only He can give. Join me in accepting this challenge to love with a godly love.