2018-02-08 / Opinions

Don’t start a fight this Valentine’s Day; ‘The Love Chapter’ will advise you how

By ROGER ALFORD

A fellow told about the day his wife sat down on the couch next to him and asked, “What’s on TV?”

“Dust,” he answered.

That’s when the fight started.

Another fellow told about the day his wife hinted that she wanted something shiny that would go from 0 to 200 in a matter of seconds. So, he bought her a bathroom scale.

That’s when the fight started.

Another fellow saw his wife looking into the mirror. She turned to him and said “I feel old, fat, and ugly. I really need you to give me a compliment.”

He replied: “Your eyesight is perfect.”

That’s when the fight started.

There must be hundreds of those old jokes floating around these days. I thought they might be a good way to start a discussion of what you shouldn’t say if you want to enjoy Valentine’s Day, one of the days that have been set aside to celebrate love.

The Bible has much to say on the topic of love, and perhaps the most beautiful of those passages is in I Corinthians 13, which Christians have dubbed “The Love Chapter.”

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; love is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; Love is not irritable or resentful; Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” From time to time, pastors will call on their congregations to insert their individual names in that verse in place of the word “love” to see how they measure up. Honest men or women find that they fall short. However, they also find that one name inserted there measures up perfectly, and that is the name of Jesus.

The exercise of inserting our own name, I expect, does challenge us to try to do better when it comes to loving others.

And, certainly, we should try to do a better than the fellow whose wife demanded that he take her to someplace expensive. So, he took to her the gas pump.

That’s when the fight started.

(Roger Alford offers words of encouragement to residents of America’s heartland. Reach him at rogeralford1@gmail.com.)

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