So, I’ve learned a lot about love in the past couple of years. I don’t think I realized just how much though until I found myself reflecting on life circumstances recently (my favorite pastime of course). I was reviewing my list of things I can do (you can read about that here if you’re curious), and I was struck by the realization that I could also add “love” to my list.
“But what does that really mean?” I thought to myself.
As an expert in all things feelings related ~ you might expect that I immediately dove into the emotional world. Not so. I believe love is much more an action than a physiological sensation.
Now bear with me as I steer this blog topic right off into clichéville. Sorry, it’s inevitable. For those of you who read this blog and are familiar, even in the most basic sense, with popular Scripture, you’ll know right where I’m heading. This is, at its deepest meaning, the definition of love.
“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 with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” I Corinthians 13:4-7
This kind of love IS HARD. Think about it. Read each of those outcomes of love. They do not come easy ~ at all! And you know what else, the reward for loving like this often doesn’t come from the person who receives it. I’m learning this. If I choose to love this way (and I certainly struggle with acting out this type of love DAILY), there is no guarantee that I will receive this kind of love back….from my fellow earthly dwellers.
Thankfully, I can immediately name several individuals from whom I do receive this kind of love. And gratitude is an absolutely inadequate word for the expression of thanks I give to God for His simple and complicated act of being LOVE.
So, that’s all. Not the most contemplative of blogs but what was on my heart today. I’m loving this song lately and I think it is fitting for the “thoughts” on this page. My challenge is to deliberately love the way love was created to be carried out. Here’s to the lessons I’m excited to learn along the way.