Thursday, February 10, 2011

Love

Its almost here. Valentines day. The day of chocolates in heart shaped boxes, teddy bears, hallmark cards, and roses. John and I celebrate the day, we go to dinner, we buy each other something small. But all in all, its just a regular date night. And in the mix of this year and this change that is going on inside of me. I can't help but laugh a little at how commercialized this idea of "love" is. It is such a superficial, basic concept, but in reality it is so so so much more.

What is love?

Biblically, we can always turn to 1 Corinthians 13 to show us very specifically what real, true, unconditional love looks like.

"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”

In the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan, he challenges us to put our name in place of the word love. Can I say that is how I live my life? Patient, Kind, not jealous, or proud. Am I always faithful, always hopeful?

Most of the time, I fall short, but it is a constant reminder and a great challenge to live my life full of love, learn to love people well- learn to love John completely and my family so so....well.

Thank goodness for the love of my savior, so that even when I fall short, He is there.

We love, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

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