Valentine’s Day Message
Love is not just cupids and your heart in your throat. We use the word “love” tomean a lot of things. We can say, “I love that movie!” Sometimes, we can fall inlove and then fall out of love. But true love is the most powerful force in the world.Let’s look at what the Bible has to say about love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Lovenever gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
We’ve all heard of this verse, and we usually use it to describe how we want to acttoward our loved ones. But this is not a description of love only between a husbandand wife, or even between friends. This is a description of the type of love that Godhas for all people, regardless of whether they deserve it.If you look carefully, you’ll see how this love is something that isn’t normal forhumans.
Patient and kind
We all can be patient and kind toward those who are nice to us, or that we havesympathy or familiar affection for. But what about other people? Sometimes, we arenot even patient and kind with ourselves. Patient and kind means that you are
, or willing to bear with the other person for their sake.
Not jealous or boastful or proud or rude
It’s easy to love when others pay attention to us, flatter us, or reciprocate our love.But what about when that doesn’t happen? Aren’t we bound to get jealous, or wantsomeone to see us as valuable? And when we don’t get that recognition, isn’t it soeasy for us to rudely interrupt and demand that recognition? We say, “Hey, payattention to me!”
Not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
Now, on this point, it is the most easy to see the difference between what wecommonly think of love and what the Bible is talking about. Who here is willing toforgive his brother seven times seventy? That’s how many times Jesus told Peter toforgive people who offended him. But, actually, if we love the way God loves, we’renot even going to count.