What is true love?

Valentines Day Red Rosechocolate candies…

hearts and flowers…

romantic music…

sentimental poems…

This is what Hallmark tells us we must do this time of year.  If we really love someone, we will lavish these things on each other on Feb. 14.  And don’t get me wrong…I love these things.  Chocolate?  Mmm.  And you can bring me flowers each and every day! They are precious expressions between two people God has joined together.  In fact, for our family, we use this time as a time of special family traditions of sharing Christ’s love to each other.  But, when the candles are blown out and the chocolate wrappers are strewn on the floor, the Hallmark cards have been opened and you wake up to another work day… is love still there?

So here is a list that I made out of what really IS love.

Love is:

Rubbing your husband’s back at the end of a long work day

Letting your wife sleep in on Saturdays

Cleaning up after a child’s gotten sick in the night

Staying awake praying for your spouse, while they are on the road

Fixing your child’s bike, or repairing a broken dolly

Taking a moment out of the busyness of the day to meet the eyes of your beloved across the table

Bearing long with the infirmities of the closest to you

Being patient during the times they are impatient

Forgiving again..and again…and again

Listening to the other’s heart–really listening

Taking the moment to just be there

Kissing the boo-boo of the little one that is in tears

Reading stories and giving of yourself to those dear children, when you feel there is nothing left in you to give

Setting aside your desires for your loved ones wants

Doing the dishes or running the vacuum for your wife

Asking your husband how was his day, before you pour out your own news

Spending time just visiting with your man, while he works on a project that you have no interest in

Making their delights, your delights

In short, giving of your life for another.

And has not our Lord shown us the essence of true love?

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

May you enjoy this time of showing love to your family and friends!

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6 responses to “What is true love?

  1. You’re right about love not being stuff, but the laying down of one’s rights.

  2. I completely agree. I think that’s why I don’t have much interest in Valentine’s Day. The way that family members treat one another every day is far more important than gift-giving or being kind on just one day.

  3. Beautifully said. Thank you so much!

  4. And thank you for your encouragement!

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