“I think I would rather possess eyes that know no sight, ears that know no sound, hands that know no touch than a heart that knows no love.” Anonymous
As I was away busy this week preparing & enjoying my mother’s birthday, I came across this insightful quote and spent some time meditating on it. Authentic love is taken for granted these days and many couples and singles mistaken infatuation for love. Infatuation is a superficial state of euphoria, excitement, and attraction one feels towards the idea of who they perceive the other person to be. Love, on the other hand, is an action, not simply a state of emotion or mind. Love is the result of knowing the actual person, accepting all elements of their personality, and being concerned about their well being through good and bad circumstances. If you were infatuated with someone, you would not sacrifice yourself for the betterment of the other person. Could you be “ok” living without sight for the person you have a crush on? If you’re “obsessed” with the person, then that’s another story (and that wouldn’t be “love” anyways)! But, love allows you to forgive, it allows you to respect & honor the person for who God created them to be and to become. Love allows room for the shortcomings a person has being human and it drives you to support the other in spite of struggles…
1 Corinth 13:2 “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”
In these Last Days before Christ returns, this decaying world is in desperate need of encountering and experiencing authentic love. As Christians, our ministry to others can supply that need abundantly through Christ’s power, however our marriages & love relationships can also exemplify true love. Others, both believers & unbelievers alike, are watching how we treat our partners to become familiar with what really sets us apart from the world. Therefore, we should contemplate on how we are communicating love to each other to send the right message of love from God’s Holy Word. Circumstances don’t have to be ideal to love someone…you may not get the “trophy” husband or wife to brag about, nor the “super model” looks which are deceiving anyways. But, you will need to come from a place of empathy, compassion, and knowledge of Christ’s love in order to love another person…
Rom 5:8 “But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Genuine love meets us where we’re at in life and endures through all circumstances from then on, just as God loves us. He met us in our sinful state, and endured throughout history to reconcile us back into a sacred relationship with Him, protected by His power & mercy.
Therefore, during all the hustle and spending during this holiday weekend, keep in mind what really matters in your life and relationships. Remember God’s love through Jesus, and consider how you are loving others. This is the true gift to the world we can supply freely to so many broken hearts.
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