Reclaiming Love: Radical Relationships in a Complex World by Ajith Fernando

This was the first time I had ever read anything by this author, and I really wasn’t sure what I was getting into – I just liked the idea of an entire book on I Corinthians 13.  As someone who grew up in church, I know that to be “the love chapter”, and there are many verses from that chapter that I have committed to memory, but I’ve never done an in depth study of the chapter, so this seemed like a great place to start!

It reads like sermon notes, and you feel like you’re getting to see the “behind the scenes” information that went into those sermons.  The author explains what some of the words meant in the original language, how they were translated into different languages over time, and even talks about how different versions may have come to use different words for the same type of love.  I thought it was great!  Being able to read and learn from someone who had lived these words in daily life was hugely beneficial too – he gave great examples from the lives of people he has known, and they were things that were very easy to relate to.

A few of the words and phrases that stuck out to me were:

We wrongly assume that we must feel something before we can do it (pg 22).

God will honor your decision to love by providing you the divine strength you need to do the job (pg 23).

Love is not only a means to an end; it is an end in itself (pg 25).

I find hope in knowing we have a God who understands our struggle with weaknesses and patiently comes near to help us out (pg 44).

Bitterness is often caused by a belief that the person who has hurt us will somehow escape from punishment (pg 59).

Forgiving someone is not the end of the process – it is really just the beginning (pg 62).

For a Christian, showing kindness to others is one of the highest priorities in life (pg 73).

There are many, many more, but this just a glimpse into the nuggets of wisdom included in this book.  It’s well worth the time to read it, and I am sure you will enjoy it too!

Overall, I highly recommend this book.  It’s extremely thought-provoking and well worth taking the time to read.

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