What is love?
“Baby don’t hurt me, no more…” Got the song in your head now?😂 Sorry, I had to. But really? What is love? As we approach Valentine’s Day, lets explore this “feeling” (what most people think it is) but really it’s more than a complex emotion.
Love is CHOOSING to seek the other’s highest good without regard to sacrifice.
I think parents are able to do this for their children quite easily. I don’t think we often think of ourselves or how it will affect us when we do things for our children (even if it might impact us negatively on a personal level). But when it comes to a significant other, this can be quite troublesome.
I’m certainly no relationship expert, but I think when relationships fail it’s due to not applying the above definition to love. Now, that’s not my definition. I got this one from our church’s former marriage counselor when he did a series about marriage and raising children.
But it is definitely sacrificial. Jesus loved us this way (when He went to the cross to die for our sins) and when I think about how we should live this. I try to love others (my spouse included) in this way. Because Jesus doesn’t put limits on His love. (We humans are most unloveable.)
”Charity (love) suffereth long, and is kind; Charity envieth not, charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”
I Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is strong, but it requires the strength of God to truly live this way because God IS love.
On this Valentine’s Day, and every day, I challenge you to love like Jesus. And if you think I’m writing this for everyone else and not myself, you would be wrong, because I need this reminder just as much as any person on this planet.
If you’ve not found the love of God through His Son, then I can’t think of a better time to find it than now. (If you’d like to know more, just send me a message.💕🥰 I’ll be happy to answer questions.)