Isaiah 53:6 English Standard Version (ESV) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way;
Yesterday we talked about love and finding our place in the body of Christ. How each of us got there is by different experiences. What do we know about love? We only know what we experience and are taught. Being a baby is easy, nothing is expected of us accept to receive love. As we grow our understanding of love differs based on our understanding of what love is and how it is expressed.
Being raised in a family that has difficulties expressing love can be confusing. If all we experience about love is receiving, what can we know about giving love? Our misunderstandings lead to disappointing others who have a different concept for the meaning of love. We all have a concept of how we would like to receive love but those expressions can be misleading.
Galatians 5:17 English Standard Version (ESV) For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
If all we experience is receiving then there is a real danger of allowing the desires of the flesh to define our love needs. We commonly define desires of the flesh to be lust because it is the easiest to understand. Those are not the only desires of the flesh. We might even compare those desires to what is commonly called the seven deadly sins.
We shall delineate upon those in greater detail tomorrow. What we need to concentrate upon this moment if the misconception of love needs. Love does not need.
1 Corinthians 13:5b English Standard Version (ESV) It (love) does not insist on its own way;
Love does not go astray, we do.