What Love Is

'Love Never Fails' photo (c) 2011, Leland Francisco - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.  And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.  If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?  Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.  1 John 3:16-18


We’ve got a convoluted sense of the word “love,” don’t we?

Think about it.  How many times a day do we say that we love something?

And quite honestly when we say we love something, it’s not really that we’re willing to lay down our lives for a piece of pizza that we love.

We use “love” hundreds of times for completely trivial things, but for the things that we truly love, I mean really love, we can hardly mutter the words.

I was sitting with a group of people last night, and as I was just looking around the room listening in on the conversations it just hit me.  Man, I love these people.  And we actually get to walk through this thing called life together.  How cool is that?

These are people who are wanting to make a change in their lives and in turn make a difference in the world around them.

…Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

I was just struck realizing how incredibly lucky I am to have a chance to get to know these people I call my friends.

How often do you think you say the word “love” in referring to something that is trivial?  Why do you think it’s so hard to tell people we love them?

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