Love?

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching.  Make sure not to forget about those flowers for your spouse or loved one!  As you well know, Valentine’s Day is all about love. Unfortunately, many have a misconstrued view of what love actually is.  And of course, everyone wants to be loved, but very few care to show love.  We often get love confused with other actions or even emotions.  At times we try to find love in things that are as far away from love as possible.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says “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.”

When I look at this description of love, I think about God.  God is love. We know that God showed the greatest love of all by sending His son to die for us while we were yet still sinners.  Love is not sinful.  Love isn’t associated with evil.  Love isn’t for personal gain.  Love is about others.  Love is about what can be given.  Love is about God.

Love that is shown, in the context of how God defines it is “true love.” Love in this way is always glorifying to God.  We know that because the greatest love that has ever been shown gave all glory to God.  What is your definition of love?  Are you showing true love?  Are you doing so for yourself or for others.  If your concept of love doesn’t line up with scripture, than it isn’t love.

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