“It’s a love gift.”
The comment made me laugh. It was said by one of the most loving, giving people I know. She has undoubtedly loved me better and given me more (intangibles more than physical gifts) than any other person.
She used the classification of “love gift” as an excuse for not having me pay her back for something I asked her to pick up when she was shopping. She gets points for creativity!
But the phrase “love gift” stuck with me. Love gifts are the best. And I’m not talking about this particular situation. Love gifts are rarely about paybacks. They are rarely about stuff.
Love (noun) gifts (verb). Some of those gifts are heartwarming. Some are difficult to give and receive. They are always humble. They are always generous. They are sincere.
My definition of love has grown and simplified in the past year. I have a folder of legal paperwork that I have had to access often. When I created it nearly a year ago, I wrote key verses on it to remind me of God’s truth as I walked through difficult meetings. One section is a list of what love is and what it isn’t. In case you need a more complete reminder, here you go. But don’t just read it. Live it and give it. Because love gifts.
If I speak human or angelic languages but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I donate all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body in order to boast but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. (1 Corinthians 13:1-8a)