love (n.): an intense feeling of deep affection, a person or thing that one loves
Is that what comes to mind when you first hear the word love? I know it does for me. But, love is a funny thing – and in the spirit of Valentine’s Day (which is only 1 week away!) I feel like we as Christians tend to get caught up in this meaning…. forgetting that there is a much more powerful definition of love.
love (n.): unselfish, loyal, and benevolent concern for the good of another
Wow. Just take a minute to let that really, fully sink in. Unselfish. Loyal. Benevolent. And to think, that’s the love God has for us. Y’all can keep your #relationshipgoals – this is the kind of love I want.
It wasn’t always that way for me though. I spent (more than) a few years dreading February 14th rolling around. I was single, lonely, and maybe a little bitter. But you know, just a little. Things feel different this year though… “Because you have someone you love!!!” I can almost hear your mind screaming. And sure, it’s a little easier to celebrate a day of love when you’re in love, but it’s more than that.
This year, Valentine’s Day feels a little bit more like the Hallmark holiday I’ve always
bitterly considered it to be – but not because I’m lacking on love. No, it’s quite the opposite. I’m overflowing with love.
I’ve been blessed with the love of a lifetime, two amazing dogs, an unparalleled support system, and some really unbelievable friends and mentors. I love living in South Carolina, I love the path my life is on. But more than anything? I’m loved unfailingly by God. And that’s the most important part.
So, I’ve put together a list of my 10 favorite bible verses about God’s love, how we should love each other, and love in general. Whether you’re happily in love, struggling with being unattached, or somewhere in between – don’t let Valentine’s Day be a day of gloom for you. God has a plan, and this is just a season in your life. If you are feeling impatient just remember that “Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.” Love is hard work, and takes time. But when you seek Him first, everything else will fall into place.
You are steadfastly loved by God, and that’s a love no earthly #relationshipgoals could compare to.
- “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart,” – Psalms 37:4
- “To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.” – Mark 12:33
- “For God so loved the world he gave his only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
- “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” – Romans 12:9
- “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.” – 1 John 4:12
- “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.'” – Matthew 22:37-39
- “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” – 1 John 3:18
- “We love because he loved us first.” – 1 John 4:19
- “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13
and last, but certainly not least…
- “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. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-15
Happy (early) Valentine’s Day, and more importantly, only 8 days until all the chocolate is 50% off!