Love, what is love?
The definition of love is ” a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person”.
The word “love” in this text is the Greek word “agape“. This love is selfless; it gives and expects nothing in return. Agape is described here as sacrificial and spiritual love. Whether the love given is returned or not, the person continues to love (even without any self-benefit).
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails.
Take a moment and slowly read the above scripture. Let it sink in and as you read, search your heart. How do you match up? I confess, I don’t. I encourage you to read the whole chapter of 1 Corinthians 13 and meditate on it. But I want to focus on “love keeps no record of wrongs“.
A lot of the times (myself included), we say we love each other, but, as soon as one gets angry, out comes the long list of past offenses! Accusations fly and painful memories are brought up. This is not love. True, Godly love forgives and refuses to keep track of offenses received. When Peter asked Jesus in Matthew 18:21-22, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times”. That is love.
Do we all fall short? Yes. But we need to strive to forgive and move on. Don’t hold grudges, this is not love. If we do, we are only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. I’m thankful that Jesus forgives and He doesn’t hold any grudges! We would ALL be in trouble!
A friend shared this on her Facebook wall and I was so blessed by it because it was in perfect timing. She gave me permission to share and so I will! :)
“Being a Christian isn’t about some check-list of things that we do to make us “good” in the eyes of God. I’ve heard it said, that Christians need to be less like Christians, and more like Christ. It’s not about what we do, although our lives should reflect a changing heart, and a moral compass. Love IS the standard. If we’re falling short here, than we need to examine ourselves. How do we treat “the least of these” on a daily basis? It’s easy to talk the talk… but can you walk the walk? By the way, we don’t get to pick and choose who we show love to. Whoever God places in our path, we LOVE.”
I pray this little blog has encouraged you to want to be more like Christ. ♥
Father, I ask in Jesus’ name, that you would help all of us be more loving and live with Your Word close to our hearts. Precious Holy Spirit, convict us when we are not acting more like Jesus. Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross for us and leading by example on how to love. ~ Amen