Today is Valentine’s Day. The complex, intricate, vast, multiple-definition, four letter word, L-O-V-E is celebrated today.
Love has been incredibly overcomplicated through the years, and I don’t know about you, but I see the definition of love constantly changing it’s rules, and it’s value. I see pride and selfish ambition overtaking this four-letter word and robbing people of its wholeness and beautiful intention. Love, although there is several layers to it, can actually be quite simple if we take a quick look at what God’s intention for it has been all along.
1 John 4:16, “God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”
God is not just the creator of love, He IS love. This means that those who abide with Him in His Holy Spirit have a harvest of love that is ripe and so great that our branches should brush the ground with love fruit. As believers we should be the definition of love to those around us, but unfortunately, this sometimes can be the opposite. Let us keep this in mind, that if judgment is overtaking love, flip-flop the words and through our love, they will know Jesus, not through condemnation and pointed finger. His great love is what leads us to repentance, not the other way around.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3, “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
Love is the most important action we can do as Christians. Paul reminds us in this scripture that without love, we are nothing. Love is a gift for the world, and a gift to all mankind. The greatest commandment God has given to us, is to love God with everything we have, and the second greatest commandment is to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39).
Love can have many emotions and feelings attached to it and can be hard to open our hearts too, but I believe with all my heart, if we start by loving the Lord our God with all our hearts, mind, and soul, then love will beam out of us in ease and goodness. Today, celebrate the loved ones around you and the ways that love is given and shown. Share love to the hard to love, share love to your family and friends, and remember that love does not have to be reciprocated, it just must be given. Today, I think of my husband and our boys, my family and all my friends and my heart is overflowing with love and gratitude.
Yesterday, I walked hand in hand with my husband around the lake by our house. We were both wearing our mud boots and squishing through the mud. We laughed, we talked, and we celebrated that exactly 14 years ago that day we had our first date. That afternoon, my George laid on my shoulder and watched the Superbowl. Although he is 9, he will still cuddle his mum. Grammy and Grandpa joined us too, and the whole house felt full and happy. That night, after I tucked Oliver into bed, he squeezed my checks and said, “I love you more than all the starts and the moon,” and kissed my nose.
Love, a gift that is the greatest of all. It is by love that we are saved, it is by love that we can share Jesus and it is by love that our hearts can be full of peace, goodness and joy. Love’s intentions should be simple and pure and always a good thing. Happy Valentine’s Day my friends, may your love be flowing like rivers of water today and everyday after.