There are many meanings and understandings for the word love. I personally like to believe that love is not merely a noun, but also a verb and an adjective. It’s not only what you say; it’s what you do, who you are, and what you show.
The Bible does a great job at highlighting the different definitions for the word love. Many are familiar with the description of love outlined in 1 Corinthians 13:4-13, but there are many others that encompass love and what it means. John 3:16 describes how God loves us so much that he gave His only Son to die for our sins. In John 15:13, Jesus explains how there is no greater form of love than for one to lay down their life for a friend. A little later on in Romans 8:8, Paul states how we don’t owe anyone anything else but to love them, and by loving them we fulfill the law.
I’m not trying to give you a bible lesson, but I simply want to highlight the command and theme of love all throughout the word of God. We have a constant reminder to love those around us, good bad, or indifferent. And with the recent state of our nation (and world) we could all afford to love a little more. I believe that love is best taught by being shown or experienced; how can one love without having first been loved or shown what love is? I’m grateful that I am loved first and foremost by my Creator, and secondly by my family members and friends. I’m grateful that my parents taught us to love one another and others, because it has truly become one of the central tenets of my character.
Just like with any skill or tool, love must be exercised in order to remain strong. My most recent expression of love has found its manifestation through my prayer journal. Last month, God laid it on my heart to begin writing prayers for the individuals in my life. Much like the Prayer Project by Saunya Shelise which prompts individuals to dedicate 1 month of written prayers to an individual in their life; I chose to do mine a little different by writing a prayer for a different person each day. My rationale behind this mission was: 1. My desire to pray for others, but my human nature to forget people during my regular prayers. 2. The fact that I believe I’m a better written communicator than a verbal one. 3. My true belief that prayer changes things.
*That't Tweetable* Just like with any skill or tool, love must be exercised in order to remain strong
Thus far I have 106 people on my list that continues to grow; and I have about 40 people complete. I am so grateful for this task and the changes that I’ve seen manifest so far. Changes not only in the individuals I’ve prayed for, but also in myself and how I handle situations. The people who I may not get along with, feel envious towards, or who have wronged me in the past; praying for them especially has given me freedom and peace.
The biggest expression of love I know of was Jesus giving His life for mine. I can’t say that with my human mind that I can see myself doing such a thing, but I do believe that interceding for another individual comes pretty close. I’m grateful for the opportunity to express my love to others through prayer; I know that the prayers of the righteous avail much (James 5:16) and that God is concerned about the things that I am concerned about (Psalm 138:8); therefore I will continue to intercede because I know that it changes things. Lastly, and most importantly, I believe that God is love (1 John 4:16); and as one of His children it is my goal to take on more and more of His character each day.
How do you express your love to those around you? What has been the greatest expression of love that you’ve experienced?
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