It’s that season again where people start chirping on and on about love, luve, lurve so yes, I’m writing about love today.
I guess the only appropriate starting point would be God who so loved this world that he sent His only begotten song that whosoever believes in Him shall not die but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) There’s a song lyric that always makes me marvel at God’s love for us:
Because a sinless saviour died, my sinful soul is counted free. For God the just is satisfied, to look on Him and pardon me.”Before the throne of God.
Jesus commands us to love God above all else and love our neighbours as ourselves. That’s it, simple enough right? Well, it can get quite hard in these streets if we’re being honest.
So, back to the question of what does it mean to love?
- The kind of love the Bible details in 1 Corinthians 13 is beyond our natural abilities as humans. Have you ever met someone who was patient, kind, never envied or boasted, was never proud or dishonouring, not self-seeking in the slightest, kept no record of wrongs, doesn’t delight in evil but rejoices with the truth? Does that person also always protect, trust, hope and persevere? Yea, me neither lol. This kind of love comes from God, it comes from knowing Him, seeking Him and having the Holy Spirit to guide us in this momentous task.
- Love the Lord your God with all your soul, all your heart and all your might. This means total surrender, giving God everything, our lives, our time, our hearts: everything. I won’t sit here and pretend like this is easy or something I have figured out, I’m very much still trying to learn the meaning of loving God but this quote by St Augustine reminds me every time: “Christ is not valued at all, unless He is valued above all.”
- Love thy neighbour as yourself. The good old quotable thrown around by everyone to remind us of how to exist in community. I’ve only recently realised that this instruction has two layers: to love yourself and then to love others that way. If you don’t see yourself the way God sees you- as His creation & child- it might be hard for you to see others in this way. If you can’t learn to appreciate the God-given virtues in yourself, you might find it hard to see it in others. (I’m preaching to the choir here, trust me!) The component we do often pick up on is the “as”: treating others the same way as you would yourself.
What does it mean to love? I’m not entirely sure- I know it involves loving God above all and loving yourself and others the same but in practice, it can take so, so many forms. As with most things, repetition leads to mastery so as we continuously try to love God and those around us, may we come to understand what it means to do so.
Verse of the week:
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (I’ll be holding on to this one seriously this week!)Isaiah 30:21
Some nuggets to encourage you and one to make you laugh:
- It’s Valentine’s day sooooo here’s a lovely post I read recently titled “What Does Loving God Look Like?”
- This ‘Valentine is coming’ song circulated everywhere last year and they released a part 2! Linked purely for comedic purposes x
- Song referenced: ‘Before the throne of God- it is a BEAUTIFUL song.
All my love & till next time,