by Jennifer AlLee
Being that tomorrow is Valentine's Day, I'm in the mood for love... pondering it, anyway.
But love is a deceptive concept. There's so much meaning wrapped up in that small word. Real love is far more than a warm, fuzzy feeling. More than a fleeting emotion. True love is a decision to put someone else first. It requires dedication and hard work. When you love someone, really love them, it can wear you out.
Here's how the Bible describes love:
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.There's nothing easy about loving like that! But it's powerful. The most powerful thing there is. After all, God is love. But how can we possibly hope to love each other in the same way that our almighty God does?
If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when full understanding comes, these partial things will become useless.
When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13 - NLT
All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.True, real, deep love is only possible when the God of love lives and moves in us. As our love for God grows, so does our love for the people around us.
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
1 John 4:15-17 - NLT
May you bask in the love of our great God!