“I love you!”
Walking into any card store, there are row after row of cards professing ones’ love for another. Browsing through any department store, there are clothes with the word love printed on them. You can find love on coffee mugs, house décor and bumper stickers. The word love is all around us.
We tell our family and closest friends we love them. We wave “I love you” in sign language when passing or leaving those we know. It is our way of expressing what we feel in our hearts toward those we care for.
But what does it look like to truly love as fruit of the Spirit?
To truly love is give love to others even though you may get nothing in return. To reach out in love to others even though they may reject you when you do. Love even when you are wronged. Love those that society and others shun. Love those that hate you.
It is said that “love hurts”, so people allow their love to grow cold because they do not want to deal with the pain they believe comes from love; but it is not Love that hurts, it is rejection that hurts.
Love heals and comforts, encourages and serves. Love is patient and kind, selfless and forgiving. Love is not prideful, is not easily angered and is not jealous.
Love never fails.
Jesus knew when he prayed in the Garden Gethsemane before the cross what was ahead for Him, yet chose to go with the soldiers when they came for Him.
Jesus chose to carry His cross even after all the suffering He had been through.
When Jesus was on the cross, He could have moved and gotten down, yet He stayed. The two criminals on either side of him had no choice but to stay on the cross. Jesus, however, did have a choice.
Jesus was in spiritual, emotional, mental and physical pain – through all of this had to choose to stay where He was at.
What would cause Jesus to make the choice to stay?
Only Love is powerful enough.
As you walk through life’s journey always pursue Love.
There will be times when it will easier to not be kind, not to forgive, to be angry, to be jealous, to be boastful and selfish, especially when you have been wronged or hurt. Choose to Love anyway.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor 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 trust, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
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