I think that when most people are asked what love is, they might say something like: 'It's when you really care about someone', or 'When you always want to be with them' or 'When you feel such and such a way when you're around someone' or there could be a lot of other answers....some of which would not be appropriate for me to post on here =P. But what about what the Bible says about love?
1 Corinthians 13:4-8That's a little bit more than 'caring for someone'. So, I've been thinking. God is love, right? If we are supposed to be a Christ like example and shine his light, then do you think we need to 'live out love'? I think so.
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8Love never fails....
How often to we follow this verse? I can't say that I always do. How often do we 'live out love' to those we do 'love'...like friends and family?
But let's take this a step further. We're supposed to show love to everyone.....even those people who we don't like very much and those random strangers that we pass on the street, or the ones we work with. Note the words 'always' and 'never' in the verse above. Oh...there are no exceptions for 'when someone is not being kind to you' or a 'sometimes' on patience. ;) Also note that in verse 8, it says that love never fails...so it's not optional. We have a big job here.
I'm not going to ramble on and on about the same point like I tend to do. I just want to you think on this point: God commands us to love. According to the biblical definition of love, do we 'live out love'? Do we live it out to everyone and not just the ones we want to love? And for those we know that we do 'love', do we love them biblically or how our world perceives love?
'Live out love' this Valentines Day...biblically ;)
And like always, I'd love to hear other's thoughts on this =)