Monday is Valentine’s Day.
Some people think it’s about romance, flowers and candy. I think it’s about something greater. Love is more than chocolate and roses. Love is found in the deep places. The deep places of your heart that cannot be seen by others. I’ve seen love. Real love. Love comes in the little moments. A much needed embrace. A welcomed phone call. An offer of help. Those precious moments that we don’t even think about.
In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians he writes about love. He talks about patience. He speaks about kindness. He addresses contentment, forgiveness and hope. To Paul love is something incredible. Love, as Paul expresses it is how we should be living. So how do we do this?
- If love is patient, we must be patient. When people don’t understand us, we need to keep loving.
- If love is kind, we must be kind. We need to offer support and encouragement. We need to reach out and live as Jesus said. We need to find ways to live in community with others. We need to show kindness and compassion.
- Love does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, so we shouldn’t do that either. As a people we are called to be who Jesus wants us to be. if we follow his direction for us we will succeed. It’s not about what others have or don’t have. It’s about what we can give.
- Love is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered so we need to keep those attitudes in check. Love keeps no record of wrongs so why do we? We need to let go of the past. It’s not about us – it’s about Jesus.
- Love always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. We must have faith. We need to trust God in our lives. If we trust we will succeed.
Jesus says in Matthew 5:13-14:
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?…You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden…Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Jesus reminds us that love, that action, that living is what makes a difference in showing people God. It’s not about words or theory. It isn’t about reflection or prayer. Those things help as they shape who we are and connect us with God. At the end of the day though, it’s our actions, it’s how we live life that shows our faith and offers the light of Christ in the world. We need to live it.
Love is patient, Love is kind. Love isn’t roses or hearts, love is action and deeds. Love isn’t chocolate or candy, love is tears and laughter.
On Monday celebrate love. On Monday let’s live Love.