Love. A word that captures the hearts and minds of the most unsuspecting.
But what is love really? Is it different for a 3-year-old than for a 30-year-old?
We all want love and yet we are bombarded with empty promises of love leaving us feeling sad, unfulfilled and even hopeless.
During the next few weeks, I have a challenge for you; define love. Ask around, observe, question and even challenge the notion of what you believe love to be.
As believers, we unknowingly make statements that have been overused or misused to the point of being hollow empty words. Seekers look for the evidence of love in our lives and decide if they want to pursue the promises of God’s Love based on our how we demonstrate love.
There are some standard responses of Christians that may have lost their meaning. Stop for a moment and think about the ones you might tend to use. For example, “It’s more important to be loving than be right.” Then ask yourself if you really believe it to be true and if you live according to these words.
There is an entire population of people that need to be loved and as believers, we say we know where that Love can be found. The question is, are we pointing people in the right direction or do we actually prevent them from moving closer to God when our words do not line up with our actions?
Look at these verses through the eyes of the lost and lonely. Can they see by our actions that these Scriptures are true? Contemplate these words and take steps to bring them alive in your life! Live out love so that others want that you have!
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.