In this poem written by an unknown poet, it appears that the poet is suggesting that "we love but few". However, as Christians who read this poem know all too well, love is not a simple expression that is reserved for only but a few.
We are, as 1 Corinthians 13 so clearly details that the expression "love" pertains to all those to whom we meet no matter the circumstances nor their status as defined by world values. 1 Corinthians 3: 4-7 reads in the NIV:
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away."
The extended love spoken of in the above verses does not dishonor others for your own sake nor to spread gossip among those you know. Love navigates the arrows slung by the evil one so that we all hold true to the love of God given to all of us regardless of the fact that we may never have loved God first. Love is a never-ending, ongoing habit firmly rooted in our hearts that cannot be destroyed through selfishness, anger, lack of hope, or the presence of evil and all of its manifestations.
To those who might claim that they love only a few in this life do not know the truth, the way, and the life that is abundantly granted to those who seek and knock. Only those who have given their lives to Jesus Christ in full repentance and open declaration of their faith and trust can ever experience the peace that transcends all understanding. Open your minds to Christ's love and you will be able to give to all you meet the love that has been graciously given to you.
Although we have many types of friends, and over the years we develop new friendships, our old friends never lose their special place in our lives. And, love never fades through the eyes and behaviors of those who really understand that love given is a result of love received.