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What Is This Thing Called Love?

Scripture reference: Romans 12:9-13

It’s “Faith Filled Friday” and I’m glad you could stop by for a minute or two to join me as I talk about “love”. My thoughts go back to when my husband and I were dating. There wasn’t anything that either one of us would do for one another. However, it wasn’t always about showing our love by purchasing gifts; it was the many times spent together examining the truths in God’s word regarding love towards us. Examining His Word strengthened our relationship as a couple and taught us how important it was to honor our family and ultimately, God.

Love is a subject of vital importance, not only because of our uncertain ideas about what love really is, but because love is a matter of highest priority: “But now abide faith, hope, and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1st Corinthians 13:13. For a number of reasons, Paul regards love as greater even than faith and hope.

“Love” is one of the most common yet misused and misunderstood words in the English language. On the bookshelf or television, “love” is synonymous with “romance.”

Paul prayed that the believers in Ephesus would be able to grasp the length, width, depth, and height of God’s love. He desired that they know the love of Christ, which surpasses knowledge, so that they would be filled with the fullness of God (Eph. 3:16-19). The wide expanse of God’s love has been the theme of the gospel throughout the ages, for to have His love is to know His love.

In Paul’s own words found in Romans 12:10 “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.” What Paul is saying is to give honor to others in that we must seek the best interests of others, in love, unconditional love, without expectations.  Paul is saying our God expects us to exercise warm affection, family love, and brotherly love toward not only believers but leading the way in that by doing so it may win over those who may not know Christ.

I leave you some scriptures about love, a love that is not of this world, but a love that will see us through any trial or tribulation, a love that knows no bounds. Take a moment to exercise your heart that it may be full of love:  1st John 5:2; 1st John 2:5; Proverbs 15:33; 1 Peter 2:17; Ephesians 3:16-19; 1st Corinthians 13.

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, the second most celebrated holiday other than Christmas. It’s a day for many to reflect on one another’s love, whether it’s a husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, your children and grandchildren….and as you do, take time to reflect on the Father’s love first and the many ways He has shown love to you.

My prayer is to help me to look for ways to honor other believers before they honor me.  Help me to recognize other believers’ accomplishments before they honor mine.  Show me ways to defer to other believers before they defer to me. What can I provide in a relationship rather than what can I receive from it? Please forgive me for not honoring when honoring was required of me as Jesus gave Himself away many times throughout His ministry. Thank you that I recognize the length, width, depth, and height of Your love; let me be reminded daily. Amen.

Thanks for stopping by today’s Faith Filled Friday! Have a sweet Valentine’s Day!

Love,

Debbie

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