This past weekend couples everywhere celebrated Valentine’s day. They received gifts, flowers, cards & candies from each other. Truth be told a month from now the cards will be place in a box somewhere or lost, the flowers will die and depending on the gift it may be placed on a shelf and forgotten.
All of the above things are great, however we must never forget without the person, the gift would have no meaning, we must learn to appreciate the gift but love & cherish the gift giver for they are the real gift.
Ben Komanapalli Jr. Wrote a wonderful article on love that I would like to share with you. Hope it bless your heart as it did mine.
In the world that we live in today, the word “LOVE” is used with different connotations.
I love my car.
I love my job (you might not hear that too many times).
I love my house.
I love my wife/husband.
I love my cat/dog.
The word “love” is one of the most widely used, misused or abused word in our daily conversations. It is also used very casually.
The Bible has several scriptures and situations where the WORD love is used to portray how Jesus loved us, sinners! What do you mean when you use the word ‘Love’? What does the word ‘Love’ mean in the Bible?
In most cases when we use the word ‘love’, we are describing a feeling or emotion we have towards something. The “love” for material things is in actuality an attachment to them. Material things are blessings from God for us to enjoy. (I Timothy 6:17). God gives us things to enjoy them not to love them. We are called to love God and people (Mark 12:30-31).
The “love” that Jesus expects of us is spiritual and transcends our daily activities, likes and dislikes. I Corinthians 13:4-8 provides a comprehensive view of “LOVE”. Love is patient with imperfections; active in doing good; it is non-possessive, non-competitive; it promotes the well-being and success of others; it displays no arrogance; it is selfless; it is courteous; it is not irritable; it is graceful under pressure; it does not keep account of evil; it forgives; it finds no satisfaction in the shortcomings of others and spreading an evil report; it constantly promotes, supports and cherishes the good. All these are constant and experience no fluctuations.
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” 1 John 4:7-8