“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40… Love God! Love people!
Love is not a passive word; It is an active word requiring more than just the speaking of words, but rather the following through with deeds appropriate to its verification.
If a husband says to his wife, “I love you,” every morning as he leaves in a rush for work, but never demonstrates his love by a hug, by a kiss, by a gift, by spending time with his wife, nor other ways, would she believe his love is real? Most likely not. The husband not only needs to say “I love you,” but he needs to follow his words with appropriate actions if she is to believe his words are true.
Love: “an intense feeling of deep affection, fondness, tenderness, warmth, intimacy, attachment, endearment, devotion, and adoration.
- “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” Ephesians 5:25
True love to achieve is that of Jesus Christ, as He showed us a perfect picture of love, love not as the world says, but Biblical, sacrificial, unselfish love.
- “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… And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13
God gave the gift of marriage to man so that he might be able to reflect what the love of Christ is really like as he loves his wife. Does your marriage reflect the vision that Jesus had of it from 1 Corinthians?
A glimpse of true, love…
Father God, In you is perfect love demonstrated by not only your words, but the actions of your son, Jesus, giving of Himself for our sake on the cross. We fall so short of your unselfish, perfect love and the only way we can love more is to have more of you. Fill us and guide us by your Holy Spirit so that we may have a desire to, and follow through with, loving you more and loving others more. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.