What’s love got to do with it?

12 Feb

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

February…the month of love… Valentines Day… romance and all that it implies.

When I think about the ways I have shared love in this life, I see an evolution to an almost biblical obedience to love. The grateful and humble heart that gives and receives love today is not the same one it was a few years ago. I am not saying I am great at giving love, because I am not, not every single day.

What I don’t know is this, would I have experienced this being loved if I hadn’t lost the love I thought mattered most? I’m not saying I wasn’t loved in my lifetime, just that I didn’t experience real love, God’s love; most certainly not the love I experience today; thus the way I give love has completely transformed as well.

Biblically, how does this translate? What exactly is love? We get some very clear guidelines from Scripture.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. ~ 1 Corinthians 13

This is God’s idea of how we should love; Not just our people, but all people.

God’s love is Holy Love and what he asks of us is to give a more sacrificial love. Unconditional love, love without asking in return. It suffers for the benefit of others and for obedience to God’s instruction. It is Grace and Mercy when the world would have you stand your ground, fight the war, draw the lines. Love is a choice, a verb. We choose to share that love, or not. Without love, faith and hope are lost.

There is a command in God’s words to us. We are to accept His love for us. His love is sufficient and will be our strength, our hope, our joy. It is owning your inheritance. Feeling the blessing of how God loves us, values us; seeing the world through those eyes, the eyes of Christ; With immense love and desire for all to know that same love.

We have our moments of weakness. Those moments bring us new understandings of the suffering around us. Inspiration does not come from contentment. God brings us out of contentment to stretch our muscle of faith and trust, and makes us more legit. Who believes that someone who is wealthy beyond belief could understand the person that begs for his next meal. This is why suffering is of the heart, to put us on the same level of understanding, so we may bless others with the knowledge and insight we gain as we arrive on the other side of the valley.

When you find Him, in the tangles of your ego, there is a peace and knowledge of our own value, of our own love worth. And it humbles you…deeply. From that love, we can find love for anyone, even the most unlovable. Seek that.

Happy Valentines Day.

He who does not love has not become acquainted with God, for God is love. 1 John 4: 8

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