Ahh… Valentines Day… Pretty pinks, reds, and purples. The most adorable cards and fluffy stuffed animals. Delicious chocolates in shiny heart-shaped boxes with big bows tied on top. Bouquets of roses that are in full bloom sit in pretty vases that line florist’s shelves. Then, of course, it seems that everyone around you has a love that they’re sharing this special day with. Maybe you do too! But I’m not here to talk about that today… I want to take a look at the love that this day bursts with.
What is love? Well, let’s look at our Christian Handbook! ;P
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now, we see in a mirror dimly but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
(1 Corinthians 13)
According to God’s Holy Word, this is what true love is. Patient, kind, does not envy or boast… love never ends.
Two weeks ago, our Pastor spoke on love. (Link for sermon here). It’s always wonderful to hear, again, what true love is and what it looks like, but I couldn’t help but think how appropriate that he gave it to us so close to the day that is supposedly so full of ‘love’- the world’s love.
The world thinks they got the whole love thing down. You keep dating different people until you find ‘the right one’. Love has been changed into a feeling.
Love is what you do. It’s an action. You show someone love by treating them how you would want to be treated.
This Valentines Day, I hope that everyone is inspired to share the love of Christ by showing HIS love to others. True love is not what you feel toward ‘so and so’. True love isn’t a box of chocolates and bouquet of roses. True love isn’t defined by a stuffed puppy dog. True love isn’t having the same boyfriend/girlfriend for three or more years.
True love is what we show others by imitating Christ.
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