Love… when you close your eyes and think of the word love what do you see? What picture comes to your mind? Someone once told me that we can only love others to the degree that we ourselves understand love. I’ve thought about that many times over the years as my understanding of what love is has grown. At first, I wasn’t sure I understood that statement but the deeper I go in relationship with the Father, the more I understand. The more I let Him love on me, the better I get at loving on others. The Bible tells us, ‘How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!’ 1 John 3:1 Our perception of the Father’s love is how we will love others.
We can read in 1 Corinthians chapter 13 what love is. Let those word penetrate your heart. Love is patient and kind. As a wife and a mom, sometimes I’m not always patient. Having twin three-year old boys will definitely test your patience! Love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. As a wife lots of times, OK always, I want to be right. I want to know best. But arrogance is not part of love. Love 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 fails. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
See love is a big circle of all these little parts perfected in Him to make it whole. I believe the root of love is that it cares more for others than for self. God is the perfect example of that. I was probably the most selfish person I knew at one time. It was always about me when I was growing up. What goal I was after, what championship I was trying to win. I depended heavily on others to help me achieve these goals, but it was always more about me and achieving victory more than anything else. As humans, we tend to want to put ourselves first. But selfishness is not a part of the Father’s love… He gave the ultimate sacrifice. He gave his own Son so that we could draw near to him. So we can build a relationship with him. So that he could rescue us from sin, from ourselves. Jesus died on a cross and shed his blood so that we could be free. The bible talks about how the first will be last and the last will be first. Are we willing to put ourselves last? Humbling thought isn’t it?
Love is not just a feeling we have, but an action that we do. We get to choose love. We choose to receive it from the Father and give it to others. This is how we show the love of Christ to a lost and broken world. Dig in, draw close to God and let him reveal his love to you. Let God’s love penetrate your heart today. Let your soul cling to him. Call out to him in praise for his love is perfect.
Blessings to you today,