What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of the word love?
Do Positive or Negative feelings flood your mind?
Perhaps you are currently “in love” with someone, so your stomach is filling with warm bubbles. Or perhaps on the opposite end of the spectrum, you have just been scorned by a someone you thought loved you, so the thought of love right now makes you angry, resentful, doubtful of its existence. Either way, it tends to bring up strong feelings. For the most part, love is something that we have have fierce feelings about. It is no passive element. Shrugging of the idea is close to impossible, for it is too powerful of a force to be ignored. Love affects us in more ways than we know. Most problems stem from love or the lack of it. Think about it right now. Almost all relationships that are having problems whether they be familial, friendly, or romantic, all spring from a lack of love. When love is absent, true Godly love is absent, liken it to a ship that has sprung a leak on the bottom – it will indefinitely sink unless you get that hole fixed immediately. You cannot have any form of a healthy relationship without love, well, the right kind of love. As imperfect humans, we tend to love the wrong way. Our priorities tend to get a little cloudy.
What kind of love are you exhibiting? There are many things that come in the form of “love,” but it isn’t really love unless it is God’s love.
God’s love? What is the difference between our love and God’s love?
God is the essence of love. He is the source. From Him does all love flow forth. Only through Him, can true love be exhibited. Test your love towards someone right now. It can be your mother, father, brother, sister, friend, neighbor, boyfriend, girlfriend, whomever. Ask yourself: is your love toward them patient? Kind? Selfless? Humble? Enduring? Do you love them for what you receive from them, or do you just love them for who they are? Do you love them for their very being even though you know they are human, and they make mistakes? Do you love being in their presence more than you enjoy being away from them? Do you enjoy just sitting and talking with them for hours on end? Or do you enjoy just sitting with them knowing that you are happy just to be in their presence?
Do you really, really love them when you say it?
Our love is selfish. God’s love is selfless.
Our love is needy. God’s love is giving.
Our love is arrogant. God’s love is humble.
Our love holds grudges. God’s love forgives instantly.
Our love rebukes harshly. God’s love suggests softly.
Our love thinks forever of ourselves. God’s love thinks always of others.
Our love is angered easily. God’s love remains calm.
Our love is never enough. God’s love is more than enough.
Our love is what we have grown to live with. God’s love is what we need to grasp.
Have your ever thought about the importance of love? So many people pass it off as a feeling, but it is so much more. It is a power behind our motives, our actions. Love is the foundation to all things. Love is the very essence of our existence. Everyone we have relationships with, everything we do, every task we take, must all be done with love, for without it, there will be no success. Leaving love out of the picture is leaving God out. For God is love.
Anyone who does not love does not know God because God is love. – 1 John 4:8
Love is not some rare thing in fairy tales. Love is meant to be present every second of our lives. God’s love is meant to be interwoven into the core of who we are. The problem with today’s society is the lack of that love. Oh we have love everywhere, our own version of love, but not the true deep rooted love. The absence of God’s love has turned us humans into selfish, self-seeking, depraved individuals. We have become so used to this second rated love that is the norm…it is what we expect. We have come to expect our love. We have settled for second best.
Return to God’s love. Bask in God’s love for you. Exhibit God’s love to others. We choose to ignore the elephant in front of us. You cannot escape God’s love, for with it we were created. God’s love made us. God’s love is in us, but we, we have settled for our love. We have settled for second best. No wonder so many of us feel absolutely empty. Our being hungers for God’s love, for it is our essence.
It’s there. Now dig it out, and share it with the world.
On this day of love – forget about your love, your love falls short every time. Rather exhibit God’s love to everyone around you. Share it in a smile, share it in a hug, share it in an encouragement. In giving God’s love, you will truly be loved yourself. And remember the greatest love of all comes from God himself.
Happy Valentines Day…
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13