Bible study in the bike-wash shop

I just had my scooter
washed. It took time, you know, 20 minutes. So, I came up with a fantastic idea
of bringing my Bible to do a short Bible study while waiting for my scooter to
be cleaned and shone. I opened and flipped the Bible randomly and it stopped
right at the book of Romans 13.

 

“Love, for the Day is
near

8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the
continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has
fulfilled the law.”

 

It’s a short passage
about love started confidently with a command for us to LOVE. To love is a
duty. To love is a debt – a debt to our loved ones. I placed my chin upon my
hand and let my minds wander a bit further from the upper floor of the
bike-wash shop. Thinking about debts, I owe too many people in terms of both
money and love. And I am paying it off. Personally speaking, paying off the
financial debts is much easier than paying the love debts. Simply because I can’t
just take my money to give to my loved ones and say “Here you are! It’s because
I love you!”. Err… I guess they will all look at me as one kind.

And how to pay off my
love debts if I do not understand what love is and how we know that’s love.
There it came to another wonderful passage in the previous page.

“Love

9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling
to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.
Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but
keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope,
patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with God’s
people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”

If I love you, I’ll be
truly sincere with you from my very heart.

If I love you, I’ll
never ever do things that harm you but bring you all goods.

If I love you, I’ll
respect you as you’re my lovely brother/sister.

If I love you, I’ll
keep my wisdom to protect you from the evils and we will both come to serve the
Lord.

If I love you, I’ll be
happy with you always, patient with your temper, and faithful in my prayers for
you.

If I love you, I’ll
help you with whatever I have.

If I love you, I’ll
stay with you whenever you need.

If I love you, even if
I hate you, I’ll try to love you again.

Now here comes the
term “Brotherly love”. What is brotherly love, btw?

If I love you, I’ll
adore you as you’re my own brother.

If I love you, I’ll
take good care of you.

If I love you, I’ll
listen to your story whether it’s good or bad.

If I love you, I’ll
give you my shoulder to lean or cry on.

If I love you, I’ll be
everything you need.

Wonderful, isn’t it?
How many times we can feel that way to someone in a life time? For me, I think
it’s very rare. It’s already hard to feel that way and well, trust me, it’s
even harder to act that way. Lots of times, sins come before love and we just
can’t resist them. My mom, after reading the book “Norwegian Wood” of Haruki
Murakami, told me that love and sex cannot exist without each other. Love will
be dry and slowly die off if there’s no sex and sex will turn out meaningless
if there’s no love. I was thinking a lot about it and personally speaking, I
think it’s so true. By the way, do I sound too desperate?

Anyway, my scooter was
all done and I’ve gotta go. I’ll come back and hit this hot topic again. God,
it’s time for me to fly with my “Fly” scooter now!

One Comment Add yours

  1. love is so confusing. some true some not. but im guesing this is family love? ~.~goodjob though =P-fil

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