After much reflection during the last few days I've decided to post the following as well as the posting just below called "Unconditional Love". Perhaps several others who read this may want to join me in using it as a reference? Some of us constantly need the centering power of love along with some possible definitions. I slip so easily yet such a "Bill of Love" helps to leads the way way back to forgiveness and the Journey of Hope. (So does our Bill Pelke help lead the way by his own vision and life!)
The Love Chapter (also see the posting just below)
If I have all the eloquence of mortal languages or angels yet speak without love
I am simply a gong booming or a cymbal clashing.
Love is patient and kind and gives others the benefit of the doubt. Love seeks not to take offense nor to hold resentment. Love lives in readiness to trust, hope and to endure anything. In fact, love does not end.
Love takes no pleasure in other folks' undoing or flaws. Love does not insist on its own way.
Now we see in a mirror only dimly. Love will help us to see face-to-face.
Faith, hope and love abide with us still. Yet the greatest of these is love.
Pursue it - want love more than anything else.
Taken freely from 1 Corinthians 13 in the New Testament attributed to St. Paul. This is my attempt to splice together phrasing from the New Revised Standard Version,The Jerusalem Bible and paraphrased according to my own understanding.
There are of course many other interpretations just as legitimate.
Perhaps there are others here who use other spiritual or ethical literature or scripture from various traditions who may want to share what helps and guides in this Journey of Life?
Be sure to see the sister post just below...