With Valentines day approaching there are a lot of posts about craft and gift ideas as well as ideas on how to show your loved ones you care. In this post, I want to talk about what LOVE is and what it truly means. What is it you are really saying when you tell someone "I love you."
Love by definition is to have an intense feeling of deep affection. This definition is based on feeling, but love as God designed it is a decision, it is an action word. It is not an emotion or feeling that you decide to embrace or push away but love is the foundation of our lives as Christians and the basis of our relationships through Christ Jesus.
The scripture tells us exactly how to love each other. If we carried these instructions with us every day and practiced them on everyone we encountered, we would change the world!
Kindness is showing care and compassion for those around us. In a world full of rushed, hurried people, we should take a moment to be kind to someone else. Just take a moment and think about the different ways you can show kindness to the people in your life. Start with your family and make kindness a way of life in your household. Teach your children at a young age what it means to think about others and how to show compassion to others.
Another part of loving others is to be patient with them. I often struggled with patience, don't we all, I want things done quickly and the way I want them done. God has helped me to see myself when I am being impatient and need to slow down; to stop rushing. Life was not intended to be a rat race and when we rush things, especially when others are involved, we often do more harm than good. Most likely unnecessary mistakes will be made and the outcome will not be the one desired. So, take a deep breath and allow Christ to help you embrace patience and impart it upon yourself and others. And when you find yourself being impatient, remember to give yourself grace, patients is not an easy lesson.
Love is also demonstrated by showing honor to others. Giving people around you respect and honor gives glory to God. Your actions and words really express who you are inside and you build people up when you show respect and honor. There are times in anger that it is hard to show honor, but it is in those times that we truly show love the way God intended. This is exactly what happens when we curb our tongue and speak life and positive things into another person. There’s a reason the Golden Rule is named what it is. When we treat others the way we would like to be treated it pays off for everyone involved.
Love is an action, not a feeling or emotion and when we get the true understanding of how God intended us to interact and love each other, we will start to change the world one person at a time.