I am going to be very upfront about this post here – these words and thoughts are not mine! I have been a devouring fool of the words that Shauna Shanks wrote in her book called “A Fierce Love“. I have mentioned before that I purchased her book through Kindle because it was on sale, I heard her speak on a few podcasts and I was intrigued. Not until this month did I begin to read her story, after being three chapters in I purchased the hard bound book. I have been an underlining fool. I feel such a kinship to her through her words of being brave enough to go first and share her story of how the Creator of the world captivated her heart and soul in a fresh and new way.
In chapter five of Shauna’s book she introduces an idea called the “Love Filter”. She simply makes the analogy between our homes HVAC system and the words that flow from our mouth. Stating that in our homes the HVAC system we have has a filter, this filter purifies the air that we have flowing through our homes by catching the dirt and contaminates, only allowing clean and healthy air to flow through. Much like our hearts and minds we need to place a filter on them so that the things that we think and say are “purified” only allowing what is healthy and life giving to flow.
Shauna introduces a very common section of the bible as a means of the filter – the chapter that is quoted to be the love chapter – the one that is used at weddings constantly. Like, Shauna I know that chapter, I can quote it, I almost have a calloused knowledge of it. First Corinthians thirteen is the chapter that Shauna purposes be used as a love filter. Shauna put the words in her mind and heart and used them during a tough time in her marriage and then later realized the power of the love filter and then began employing it in all areas of her life.
Here is the “Love Filter” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (CEV)
Love is kind and patient,
never jealous, boastful,
proud, or rude.
Love isn’t selfish
or quick tempered.
It doesn’t keep a record
of wrongs that others do.
Love rejoices in the truth,
but not in evil.
Love is always supportive,
The words above have many translations – I used bible gateway and I personally chose this version. My list is to include being kind and patient; never to be jealous or rude, to be not be self seeking or quick tempered. To let the past be in the past. To not tally up the wrongs and hold them against others. My list will include seeking the truth and being supportive. My list will have hope as the cornerstone – trusting that God will see me through everything.
Let me encourage you to find a version of 1 Corinthians 13 that speaks to you. Write it out in our hand writing, place it in areas around your home that you are often. Choose maybe one stanza at a time to focus on. Apply the love filter to yourself, your family and friends and see what the Lord can do through it!