Tomorrow is the day all couples go out and celebrate their love for one another. It’s Valentine’s Day! The florist is barely able to breathe because it’s the busiest day of the year for delivering beautiful flowers. The dinner reservations have to be made at the finest restaurants! You have been planning this date for quite sometime now. A night away from the kids maybe, or could be a quiet dinner at home! Either way it’s a night with the love of your life!
I read about love this morning in the love chapter in the Bible, I Corinthians 13. Jesus tells us in this chapter not only what love is but that without love we have nothing. “If I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.”
I am a person who really loves to love on people. That is what Christ is calling us to do here. We can give our money to the poor, and that’s all fine and good, but He wants us to go out and love on the poor. He wants us not only to maybe give to the homeless ministries, but go out and love on those people that need to know His love. See how will they ever know Him, who is the greatest example of love, unless we show them?
We can stand up in front of the biggest crowd’s and let them hear and see how knowledgeable we might be on the Bible, but unless we show them, it doesn’t really matter. We have to be doer’s of His word! Rather than preach AT people, we need to love on people and show them the gospel! Let them really see Jesus’ love in us.
Another way we can show the love that Jesus has placed in our hearts, is in our relationship’s and friendship’s we already have. When I read on in this chapter it tells me love isn’t rude, or irritable, it doesn’t insist on it’s own way, it doesn’t envy or boast. Love bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Those words are very convicting to me. I don’t always show those I am closest to the right kind of love. I have trouble with some things on that list, a lot of times. I am working on it. We need to be mindful of those God has placed in our lives and love them, with a patient and kind love. Not a controlling love, or a mean love, but with a pure love. Then we will see relationships really blossom.
Jesus loved His friends. He knew how to be a friend, and how to love them! That’s what I want. Not only do I want to show love to strangers, but to those God has placed in my life. I want them to see the joy of Christ in me, and His love shining through me.
So how do you rate yourself when you read I Corinthians 13? Go read it and sit down in a quiet place and really think about what love is! Are you having trouble loving someone? Maybe it’s not the other person but you! “So now faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”