I’ve heard MATH described as Mental Abuse To Humans… and generally, I agree. Definitely not my favorite subject in school. I would have much rather told you the history of the trains that left the station traveling 30mph than actually calculating which would arrive first. Who can concentrate on those details when you’re on a train… weeee!!!!!!!!!!!
All of my teachers’ work was not in vain though, I do remember some basic principles.
Namely that if A = B and B= C then…..wait for it…. A=C
Seriously… I think I just used my allotment of brain cells for the day.
I recently heard someone explain something in the Bible with the same reasoning and like the equation above, it stuck with me.
1 John 4 makes this simple statement “God is Love“.
Awww so nice… didn’t you just start to feel warm and fuzzy??? (Photo Credit)
We often leave it at that and never dig deeper to uncover what that really means. Let’s take it a step further … if God is Love… what is the definition of LOVE?
1 Corinthians 13 (yes, we’ve all heard it if we’ve ever attended a wedding in our lifetimes) says…
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. ”
Now if A= C, like we deduced above, then… let’s try something crazy…
GOD = LOVE
GOD is patient, GOD is kind. HE does not envy, HE does not boast, HE is not proud. GOD does not dishonor others, HE is not self-seeking, HE is not easily angered, GOD keeps no record of wrongs. GOD does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. GOD always protects, GOD always trusts, GOD always hopes, GOD always perseveres.
GOD never fails.
Whatever you’ve thought about God in the past… the above is truth. 1 Corinthians 13 is no longer some long list of unattainable attributes for us to try to work for, instead it’s God’s promise to each of us. It’s who He is and wants to be in our lives. Whatever you’re facing… He is the answer. He will always protect you… He believes the best about YOU…. He never fails.
Quite a paradigm shift…huh? Maybe this math stuff isn’t so bad after all.