“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud…it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Many times we try defining love to the limits of the findings of the ancient Greek philosophers. As much as they tried explaining love to the extent of their understanding, love is way beyond the sexual, friendly or brotherly feeling. In fact, love is way beyond what we feel. As much as what we have known so far about love is quite informative, we will not be explaining true love based on those definitions. The Bible says that God is love, He isn’t just a loving God; He is love! This means the totality of God sums up in one expression which is “LOVE”. Love in itself originates from God and if we want to know about something we need to look at its source. The Bible says in 1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” We can love truly as believers because we are born of God; we may not feel like it but we can learn what it is and express it. The opening text tells us clearly what love is and let’s makes some highlights:
1. Love is action based and not feeling-based.
2. Love is selfless and not selfish.
3. Love is interested in giving than receiving.
What is love? If someone asks you what love is, you need not start mentioning all those categories listed by the Greeks, you should rather say “when you are patient, kind, protective, persevering and without envy or pride, then you are practising love.” That is what we see in the opening text. Love isn’t hugging, kissing or other emotional expressions; love is active and can only be expressed in actions. A million words of assurances of love will never beat one act of love. All of the qualities of love listed in the above verse was all played out by God and if you truly love someone, it is okay to say it but you’ve got to go ahead and express it not just by texting, calling or hugging your loved ones but by being patient and kind, by being humble and without envy, by protecting people, giving them a second chance, being hopeful that they will be better and enduring their excesses in love.
POINT TO NOTE
Although love can influence how we feel about people, how we feel does not define love. As a believer in Christ, you have been instructed to walk in the newness of life and this includes loving people just as Christ loved you.
“I walk in love every day. Regardless of how I feel, I have chosen to live like Jesus, to express God’s love to others even when they don’t seem to love me.”
Dear Lord, because you love me, I have chosen to love others just like you. Help me to always recognize that I have your nature of love in me and help me to walk in this love every day of my life even in the times where my flesh may not want to manifest it.
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