A THOUGHT FOR VALENTINE'S DAY
What is love? I asked myself this question last week. The word is bandied about so frequently today, that I seriously wonder how many young people really know what it is. Certainly love is not sex, although TV, movies and books seem to illustrate that it is. Too often the message is, "there's no real love without sex." But then we also hear, "Luv yah!" used over and over again, sometimes said just flippantly, almost as if it meant the same as, "Have a good day!".
Even as a teenager, I have always thought that real love is very special. I believed that so much that it was almost a year before I allowed myself to tell my last boyfriend, my husband to be, that I loved him. I remember the exact place -- on Ealing Common in west London. The genuine meaning of that word was so important to me that I would not, could not say it unless I really meant it and believed it.
Anyone who reads my blog frequently will probably have noticed that I am very hard on myself. No slacking off for me! No excuses either. So last week when I was feeling particularly aggrieved with myself and wondering how anyone could love me, I decided to look again at the great Love Chapter, First Corinthians, chapter thirteen. I just really needed to be reminded of God's loving kindness. That word,'loving kindness', along with the words, "Love suffers long and is kind", was just what I needed to hear. I lose patience with myself over and over again, but God, who is Love, suffers long and is kind. Thank goodness! Where would I be if He were not?
So if you truly want to tell someone you love them this Valentine's Day take a look at verses 4, 5 and 6 of I Corinthians 13. They tell you what Love is. It's quite a standard to live up to.