Love is a powerful and beautiful gift from God. It is the foundation of every healthy relationship, but we tend to throw the word “love” around pretty casually. Just in the last 24 hours, I’ve said, “I love ice cream, I love my kids, I love my wife, I love that movie, I love that song, I love your shoes, I love that you are reading my blog right now….” You get the point!
With all the “love” floating around out there, I think it is easy to lose track of what love is really all about.
One of the most famous passages in the Bible (which you’ve probably heard read at weddings many times) is all about Love. I believe this poetic portion of Scripture from 1 Corinthians 13 outlines some key “Laws of Love” that will help us in our marriages, our friendships, our faith and every important relationship in life.
“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 trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
1. Love is an action, not a feeling.
We talk about “falling in love” and usually what we mean is, “This person is really hot and has a great personality and I feel funny inside when I’m around them.” All those feelings can be a fun part of the process, but love isn’t defined by our feelings; it’s defined by our choices and commitments.
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