Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What is love?

Happy belated Valentine's Day everyone! I hope you had a great day wherever you were and whoever you were with. Lee and I made dinner at our apartment (steaks and oven-roasted potatoes, yumm). Then we went out and got some ice cream and watched a movie back at home. A nice quiet evening which we thoroughly enjoyed.
Our dinner. We broke out the china and everything.

Lee even dressed up a little (after some prodding)

Something that I was really reminded of this Valentine's Day is that when we celebrate love, it shouldn't just be the romantic kind. We love many different people from spouses, to family, to friends and so on. There are many verses about love in the bible, but did you know love is commanded of us?

"'Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?' And He said to him, ' "YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND." 'This is the great and foremost commandment. 'The second is like it, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." 'On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.' " (Matthew 22:36-40 NASB)

So how good are we at loving those around us? If you're anything like me, not very good. Why do we need a day to tell us what God has already commanded us to do? Next time you tell someone you love them, think of what the implications of that are.

"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" (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NASB)

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