WHAT TRUE LOVE LOOKS LIKE (POEM)
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The entertainment media are full of content that depicts love but they often portray a notion of love that is selfish and abusive (remember Fifty Shades of Grey). The Bible talks about a different kind of love modelled for us by the Lord Jesus. This poem captures that type of love in marriage. The poem was inspired by my husband, Richard, who by God’s grace, is doing a superb job of loving me. His love reminds me daily of how Christ loves the church. Enjoy and share your impressions.
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WHAT TRUE LOVE LOOKS LIKE
You cherish me, you celebrate me
You support my passion and my job
You ask me how everything is going
‘Cause you want to make things better
You give me peace and sweet rest
Not wahala* and sleepless nights
You know how far to insist on a thing
So as not to jeopardise our accord
Though our culture is patriarchal
You allow me to be sincerely me
You don’t impose on me as lord
You acknowledge my beautiful ideas
(Related: Love Comes Softly Sometimes)
You listen to me and you remember
When I say, “This is what I long for”
You put your money where your mouth is
You never make empty promises
You’ve been consistent in loving me
Your love does not wax and wane
You pray about it when I hurt you
You don’t contrive to hurt me back
As I think today of how you love me
I realise with joy and thankfulness
This is what true love looks like
True, selfless, deep, affirming love!!!
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2017
*wahala is Pidgin English for trouble
May God help us all to continuously love one another this way in Jesus’ name.
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