"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Reading this passage today kind of broke my heart. How many people do I say that I love, and of those people, do I fully enact what Jesus says love is? Am I actually acting out true love towards these people? And those of whom I have really romantically said “I love you” am I still acting as if I love them? Romantic or not, love is love. And God created love. Reflecting on something someone once told me…”Love has nothing to do with how you feel. Love is a command given to us by God. Love is a decision that requires unconditional commitment…That’s the misconception that our culture has. The emotion that comes from it goes through cycles, but the actual essence of love is an action of selflessness rather than feeling all ‘lovey dovey.’” I probably should of listened to that person long ago when they explained love to me. Love IS a command given to us by God and it IS a decision that requires unconditional commitment. Maybe that person’s love for me was one of the purest loves I have ever received. And unfortunately, I haven’t been showing that person the same type of love that they showed me for so many years. No matter what our relationship may look like, I realized that I have been caught up in that earthly love. And that may be why I am struggling so much on the idea of love and why it is so hard for me to love that person in the way God calls me to love them. And it’s taken me about twenty years to understand this, but nonetheless, I think I might actually now be learning that my idea of love has been totally misconstrued. God calls us to a higher standard in all areas, and love is definitely one of them. God, I want to love like you do. I don’t want to love like this earth loves, I want to love in a way that honors you. And Lord, I pray that no matter how long it takes for that love to abound in me, God that you would day by day show me how to love like you do. Thank you Lord for teaching us to love, and for creating love. And thank you for allowing me the opportunity to have someone so special to me on this earth show me what it means to love, and show me your meaning of love. Thank you to that person, you know who you are; thank you.