Love, Musings

Lessons From Noah

Love covers somebody’s weaknesses. Love does not point out a person’s nakedness, nor criticizes their flaws. Love does not tell it to others, nor makes fun of.

Our words and our actions carry a lot more weight than we realize. They carry the powerful ability to build somebody up or to tear them down. We must be careful never to expose and exploit somebody’s vulnerabilities – even when it is only in the name of “good fun” and “humor”. Coarse speech and crude joking seem acceptable and harmless (after all, everybody is doing it) but it is not the way of love.

It takes nothing to make fun of or criticize somebody. It takes love to believe in and call forth the best in somebody, even when you have seen their nakedness.

Love always covers. Love always provides a safe place. Just ask Noah.

Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard. He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside. Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned backward, and they did not see their father’s nakedness. When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, he said, “Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.” (Genesis 9:20-25 ESV)

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