“Sometimes love is stronger than a man’s convictions.” Isaac Baslovis Singer – Nobel Prize Winner in Literature – 1978
I was given this quote and I have read it over and over again and meditated upon it for twenty four hours now. And I am not sure I understand it. Not fully, not completely.
I have always seemed myself as, at least hopefully, as a man of convictions. And if I understood the word correctly that few forces would outweigh convictions. But then the Bible says that between faith, charity and love, the greatest of these is love.
And yet Singer writes that,” sometimes love is stronger…”
When are those times? And what type of love is stronger? In what instance does love become a greater force than the convictions of the heart? But then wait, a moment, doesn’t love come from the heart?
I have found myself in a complicated place of seeking understanding.
Possibly, I need to redefine love in my own life.
Maybe the following verse will help me.
“And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.”
I Corinthians 13:3
A verse of strong conviction. But If I do not have love and only have conviction then I have gained nothing and lost everything.
Then that might lead me to believe the following as quoted by Erica Jong regarding love, “If you don’t risk everything, you risk even more.”
At fifty-two years old I would have thought I would have a better grasp of love and conviction. But it would seem that I am merely beginning a new search…regarding love and a man’s convictions.