EMMA WAKPI | Supported by the Rob & Meg Parer Writing Fellowship
Since Christmas a passage in 1 Corinthians 13 has had me contemplating the essence of love.
Nowadays our society is saturated with a selfish eros-infused love concerned only with what makes people feel good. It's all about me and what I want and how you have to fulfil me and if you don't then I'm going to ensure I get what I want elsewhere.
The essence of love is the conscious decision by individuals to commit to be unconditionally generous.
This sounds very simple I know, but imagine how this world would be if everyone of us chose to believe and practise this? I dream...
Is patient and is kind
In it envy you will never find
Does not boast, there’s no pride
It isn’t rude, selfish or easily riled
Evil thoughts aren’t entertained
Immoral ways are disdained
Truth and truth alone
Love’s pleasure obtains
Understands and forgives
Has faith to bear all ills
Its hope is for eternity
Therefore endures all calamities
Will Never Fail
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a