A few days ago, I needed to go to the store. That week we had had so much snow, I hadn’t been able to get out at all. But, desperate measures lead to desperate things, and I needed cereal and milk. So out we went! Now of course, it was Valentines Day, so finding a parking space was nearly impossible for my jumbo bumble-bee truck I was driving around for safety’s sake. At last, I found a space, and my children and I made our way into the store..for cereal and milk. Almost every basket I passed had flowers and chocolate. All the men looked insanely stressed out. And I thought, how nice of them.. but I wonder.. how many of the wives would love to just have their husbands make dinner or clean the kitchen that night, and maybe throughout the year, instead of flowers once every February. Now, there’s nothing wrong with a bouquet of roses or a box of chocolates. I love both! But, being as it was Valentines Day, it did get me thinking about what love really was. And, because God is the Creator of love, the origin, let’s look at what His definition is.
“Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not envy or boast, it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way, it is not irritable or resentful. It does not boast at wrongdoing, but rejoices in truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Does love get irritated when your sibling or spouse is asking you a question while you are trying to get something done? Does love get envious when someone gets to take that trip to Europe that you have been DYING to do for what feels like a lifetime? Does love get resentful and bitter at words that were said and not want to forgive? Does love give up and just stop praying for someone who you just feel like is never going to humble themselves to the Lord? Quite the opposite.
Love is setting aside your emotions, your desires, and even what may feel like is an impossibility, and bearing, believing, hoping, and enduring ALL THINGS.
You know God saw the numbers of those who would choose to follow compared to those who wouldn’t when He thought it all through at the beginning. Did that stop Him? Did He say, “Naw. It’s not worth it. Too much pain involved, not enough numbers to make it worth it..” Not at all!
A love that never ends? Does the world teach us about a love that never ends? Certainly not! ‘This friendship/marriage isn’t working for me because my feelings or needs aren’t being met. Peace! I’m out!’ That’s what our society teaches us. And even we, as the very people that God created, have mocked, spit, denied, and rejected His Son Jesus, whom He sent as a gift of love, to offer forgiveness for our sins if only we would admit to those sins, and believe that He died and rose from the grave. And His response to our rejection? “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.” THAT my friends is a love that never ends, that endures, that isn’t resentful, and that hopes...this is the love we need to show the world.
If you don’t have a Valentine to show this kind of love to yet, allow Him to love you now. His love surpasses any love you will ever have here in this world! He is the perfect standard of love, because that's what He is! ( 1 John 4) And in order for us to have this love in us, we need to abide in His love, then it will just pour right out of us! So, think and ponder on His love, my friends. It will make your heart overflow with thankfulness.