Well, Valentine’s Day was yesterday…one of my favorite holidays! Not just because it’s my birthday (okay, maybe a little), but because it reminds me how important love is. Many think that love is just a feeling, something that comes or goes when you want it too. But that is not true love. Love is what Jesus did on the cross thousands of years ago. When we despised Him, ridiculed Him, turned our backs on Him, put other loves before Him…He still looked upon us with a love with no restrictions and willing allowed Himself to be nailed on a tree to save us from our own corruption. That was true love. Without love we are nothing and we have nothing. We cannot live without it. That is why Jesus’s sacrifice should push us to love, even when we don’t feel like it or want to show loves who we think are unworthy. But we have to remember that we are unworthy of God’s love but He showers it over us everyday. Paul gives us a great demonstration what love is in 1 Corinthians and how we should love others.
If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
8-10 Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Message Bible)