Scribbled Lessons from the Love Textbook

I have nothing major to write but I have a lot on my mind. I was approached by one of my readers after reading my January entry, he said and I quote: “Tayo, you seem to talk so much about love; it would be interesting for you to write about love one day.” Well my friend, your request has been answered; I am writing about love this month in a rather unconventional way though.
Happy birthday to Olorunnimbe Aduragbemi(aka: Creame Gigi- someone who has shown great maturity)Funmi Solarin (Funsolz: she’s one of the most gracious people i know), Afopefoluwa Osewa (one of the most cheerful peeople i know), Ademola Owolabi (one voice i can’t get over), Jide Charles (someone that thinks outside the box ALWAYS), Arinola Olumogba and Allwell (keys *winks*) Obi (my musical maestro) {notice the trend}and to all my February readers; the Lord will indeed cause his grace to shine upon you. I hope I didn’t miss out any name this month o. Whitney Houston is dead (age 48 is quite young sha). Happy 16thanniversary to Y.D.I (Young Disciple International) it’s been a joyful journey so far and I’m grateful to God for opening me up to be blessed by this great ministry.
This book is a MUST-HAVE, something to learn from. i have learnt a great deal and i am sure you will
Since February’s edition spilled over to March I would like to start this month by saying a big happy birthday to one of God’s walking companion, Pastor E.A. Adeboye, who has showed me that there’s no level of pride the Almighty God cannot humble. He is seventy (70) years old and he doesn’t look it……one bit.
Reading the news paper daily has become more of a bitter pill to swallow than usual, with the happenings and all other weird things going on around the world, little wonder why I don’t discourage my baby brother from watching nickelodeon or Disney channel; call that escape, I call it peace of mind. I would like us to take a minute or more as your gracious heart can take and pray for Nigeria and the world at large, ending it with: God bless Nigeria and God bless the world.
St Valentine’s Day has come and gone, a day where people consciously or subconsciously identify as the day of love, well the origin is quite twisted so I am part of the subconsciously parties. Jesus came and died for my sins in an unprecedented and unrepeated style and I am yet to get over that. If you are old and grey; and you forget everything else, don’t forget that what God did for you is a textbook (authentic) definition of love and all other forms are counterfeits.
Some define love as: a sandal where without the other one it’s not complete (sincerely I have seen very weird definitions of love in this my short life). I believe that love is everything you make of it within the boundaries of first Corinthians thirteen (1Cor 13). In my opinion that chapter coupled with 1 John 3 is the ideal textbook of love.

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A lot of things happen in life and some of the biggest excuse we hear or give is that I did it out of my love for you! if you are in a relationship now, I want you to take time out and think about why you are in that relationship, are you there for material things? For the lust disguised as love? Are you there out of pity because after all said and done when all fades away, what makes you stay is the immaterial thing you noticed in the first place.
God loves us so much that he put so much thought in making us that he had to call a meeting on how we should be created; after he was done, he put his stamp of approval that we are HIS’ by giving us his breath. This was different because he didn’t do that for other animals or anything he created; rather he spake the word and created the world: this struck me that “love” is not for the saying (that is why there’s no clear definition of love even in the bible), “love” is always backed up by doing. Let’s check out some biblical evidences:
God: in the story of creation, God said: “let us MAKE man in our image….” And God also breathe into us before we could be complete.
Mordecai and Esther: for the love of the Jews acted rather declared; Mordecai mourning physically rather than say “I will mourn” and Esther risking her life to go to the king uninvited rather than saying I will wait and see what I can say.
Mary: she could have very well said she can’t face the ridicule of being pregnant before marriage and risk not being the carrier of the savior Jesus Christ.
Jesus: He could have he wasn’t going to die for the people that didn’t care about the significance of his coming not to talk of His death and eventual ressurection.
There are more biblical evidences of the word “love” but I will stop here. Love can be said to be a feeling that produces outward/physical evidences.
John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes shall not perish but have everlasting life”
“What greater love than this, that you laid down your life for me” – Rachael Lampa
God loves you so much; he cares less about your past, don’t be in a race to outdo God’s love for you because that is just mission impossible; all you need to do is love him the best way you can humanly do.
Here are some little things I noted from my love text book (1 john):
 1 John 1:9: he is faithful and just to forgive our sins
1 John 1:5: but if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him.
1 John 3:16: this is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
1 John 3:18: Dear Children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
That said; I was made to understand with the help of the Holy Spirit that: lightness can be likened to love (don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about your skin complexion). I remember when I realized that I was in love with Ayodele Akingbulu; people commented that I was glowing; how much more will your life enjoy the experience of having your whole system glow/lighted. There is something about love that brings out your inner beauty and makes the light focus on you alone.
Here’s my little love equation:
Man ≠ loveÞMan (product) of God’s loveÞLove = lightÞGod = LightÞHence, God = light ÞMan + love God = Man lightened.
You can’t say you are in love with your fellow human if you don’t love God; because God himself is love, I am telling you this because until I loved God whole heartedly, I didn’t know what it felt like to love and to be in love with anybody.
*singing* love will never end,
Broken hearts will mend again,
 Yesterday has been replaced,
 Now we have another chance;
 To save someone who’s lost,
 Give them hope no matter the cost,
 Stand together come what may………..
This month March is looking great, key into God’s love, love him desperately and watch him go about boasting about you. Writing on this has thought me to let go and forgive easily; to you my close friend who didn’t think she offended me….i let you go.
Life Inspiring Stories Volume two is out in stores now; it is a book that gives you a tales-by-moonlight experience with Pastor E.A. Adeboye with biblical promise reminderrs. simply put…… i just can’t seem to get enough of it. For more information on how to get a copy, in Nigeria and beyond please leave a comment. E.book is #1,000 naira and hard copy is #700 naira, go and get your copy…..
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