February 14, 2011

Love Is…

Posted in Christianity at 10:22 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“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.” (1 Cor. 13: 4-7)

On Valentine’s Day, people’s thoughts turn to candy, roses, and of course, love. But love means different things to different people. Do you show love to your significant other by buying expensive presents or with flowery words? Do you show love by cooking his favorite meal or doing the dishes so that she won’t have to? Or over time, have these acts of love become acts of obligation?

Love is more than a warm, fuzzy feeling that you get when the person walks into the room. Love is being there for someone when she needs you – a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, a hand to hold. It is putting aside your own selfish tendencies and placing the feelings of the other person before your own. It is helping another even when you don’t have time – and then not complaining about it. Love is an attitude that is developed toward others, and it is revealed in the actions that we take.

No matter how much we love someone, we are only human and fallible. Our love for each other can’t compare to how much Jesus Christ loves us, because his love is divine and perfect: “…And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:17-19).

And that’s what Valentine’s Day is really about –loving each other to the fullest and continuing to do that each day that follows.

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1 Comment »

  1. Casey said,

    Amen! Very well said


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