February 14th is Valentine’s Day. Everywhere you go you see hearts and candy and all kinds of things that encourage us to buy something special for those we love on Valentine’s Day. It made me stop and think about love and what my love looks like. The love that is talked about in Scripture is not a mushy, gushy feeling, it is something that is put into action.
We are only able to love others because we were first loved by the Lord.
1 John 4:19
We love because he first loved us.
Scripture also tells us God is love.
1 John 4:8
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
It is easy for us to see what God’s love looks like in His Word.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
There is nothing we did or can do to earn God’s love for us. We don’t have to wait until we are good enough for Him to love us.
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Scripture even gives us a beautiful description of what our love is supposed to look like in the book of 1 Corinthians.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Read over those verses and see if that description of what our love is supposed to look like. How does your love compare? Which areas are you struggling with in your relationships? Do you find yourself being rude or arrogant? Do you become irritable or are you resentful of others?
Perhaps the best gift we can give our loved ones this Valentine’s Day is to simply seek the Lord and ask Him to empower us to love the way that He loves. Ask the Lord to reveal to you people you are having a difficult time loving this way. What could loving those in your life in this way do to improve, repair or restore relationships?