The Character of Love

In our time of overwhelming media input, it’s easy to get confused about love. C.S. Lewis bemoaned the deficiencies of  the English language with it’s single word for love, whereas the Greek language offers four separate words! We are fortunately gifted with the life of Christ and the beautiful words of Paul the apostle in 1 Corinthians 13 to help us, but sometimes what we grow familiar with no longer impacts us as it should. This is where the God-ordained power of story steps in to give us a new perspective. For this reason I am very grateful for Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. Set in post-revolutionary France, this story focuses on the tragic and beautiful life of Jean Valjean who fleshes out a picture of sacrificial and responsive love.

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2 thoughts on “The Character of Love

  1. mphadventuregirl

    I love Les Misérables: both book and musical. Jean Valjean came out of prison as an angry and hateful man, but when the bishop showed him mercy and forgiveness, he became a compassionate and loving man. But it wasn’t until me adopted Cosette that he truly learned to love. Les Mis is a story of love, sacrifice, forgiveness, hope, compassion, humanity and redemption and those themes are what makes the heartbreaking story inspirational.

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    1. tclaytor Post author

      Yes! I sobbed when I finished the book. I haven’t read anything else that has shown such a beautiful picture of love (besides the Bible, of course!).

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