When you think about love, you probably have different images in your mind. You might think of your spouse or your children. You might think about a close friend. You might think about the feeling of love.
Showing true love to others is important in our everyday lives and helps maintain our relationships.
Love is patient and is kind. Love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, 5 doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; 6 doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.I Corinthians 13:4-7
What is love?
Love shows patience to others. Let’s face it, other people can be difficult, especially the people closest to you. Showing love means we work extra hard to be patient with them (they are probably trying to be patient with you).
Showing kindness to others. Try to find a small act of kindness you can do every day, especially for your family members that live with you. Think of all the peace you will have in your home if everyone showed a little more kindness to each other.
Love does not envy others. Recognize we each have our own unique value and do not need to be jealous of others.
Love does not brag and isn’t proud. Love does not need to exalt or focus on you. Practice being humble.
Love isn’t selfish and behaves appropriately. Love gives to others as Christ gave to us.
Love isn’t provoked and does not remember past mistakes. Love will let past wrongs go.
Love focuses on right and good, and does not take joy in sin or mistakes.
Finally, love will bear burdens, believes the best, shares hope and endures.
In sum, true love is not focused on ourselves, our wants or our desires. Love focuses on serving and helping others.
How will you show love to others today?