What is Love?

13 February 2012

Love has been the subject of many a poet and songwriter since the beginning of time. These ones came to mind, and I’m sure you could easily think of more.

  • Scarborough Fair
  • Love is a many splendoured thing
  • What’s Love got to do with it?
  • My One and Only Love
  • Somebody Loves Me

Here are Paul’s words from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour 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.

As leaders it’s a challenge for us to put this into practice, but it’s what God has clearly called us to for one reason or another.

The world presents love to us in the form of gifts, emotions and warm fuzzy feelings that will “last for eternity”.

In reality love is a choice, a daily choice of which actions to take. Instead of fleeting emotions, it’s choosing daily to put to love into action.

Of course we don’t want to neglect ourselves, but in taking care of of others we also take care of ourselves.

Making such choices requires risk, and thankfully God is there with us, whatever the outcome may be. The eternal perspective that God gives us forces us to make a choice that looks beyond the here and now.

Choosing to LOVE might mean…

  • Taking the time to find out what your partner/friend/child’s love language is, which you can do at 5lovelanguages.com.
  • Putting some time aside to cook a meal or pick up some groceries for a family with a new baby, or for the new neighbours in your street or MOPS group
  • Inviting a new member of your MOPS group out for a coffee
  • Encouraging your MOPS group to donate whatever resources they can to a charity
  • Not allowing your kids to listen to particular music due to it’s inappropriate content.

 

Listen to this (21 year old!) song, sung from God’s perspective…

What kind of choices are you making to love as God has called us to?

Alice Kan

Blog Content Manager

 

 

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