Valentine’s Day is around the corner! What a sweet time for couples to celebrate their “love” for one another. Although, I was thinking how we could use Valentine’s Day to look upon ourselves to see if we really know the meaning of the word, “love” or not. The most important thing to acknowledge is, do we know God’s definition of love? I think we all know the popular scripture from Corinthians:
“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.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Let’s be challenged and try this exercise, replace the words love or it for your own name:
I believe we can all look at this list and be profoundly convicted! We now see the areas where we are lacking love and show that not only to our significant others, but those that are around us. Those words have probably grown tired and overly familiar, haven’t they? Some fail to realize that God assesses our lives based on the way we love.
Let’s look at Valentine’s Day as a celebration as love in general, not just commercial kind of love of gifts and candy (that’s nice stuff too, just temporary though!) but real love. If we’re not representing what love truly is, then we are failing to love people well.