Setting An Example: Love
We're all starting out on a brand new week. Let's start it by looking at the amazing topic of love, and think about what it means to be truly loved, and love those around us. Emma x
Love. That word featured in songs, poems, and stories across the world. But with so many images of love out there, how can we recognise true love? Much less set an example in it? Well, the Bible is full of love, that’s basically what it’s all about!
So today, let’s delve into a few verses and see what it has to say:
“Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything, Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.”
(1 Corinthians 13:4-7, MSG)
All of us are made in the image of God, so we are all made with the capacity to love and be loved; and as Christians we have another incredible thing helping us - God living inside of us. He gives us the love for others when we feel like we’ve run out.
Loving people with this beautiful, all encompassing love isn’t something that we have to do on our own. We don’t need to spend our time scrambling round trying to find the strength to love others. We can go straight to God, who is love, and ask Him to pour His love into us; so we know that we are loved wholly and perfectly as we are. When we know this, it’s easier to love others unconditionally, as our worth doesn’t come from how they respond, but from God. A King who calls us His daughters.
Why not spend a few minutes reading back through those verses. As you do so, remember that this is how God loves you.
Lord God, thank you that you love me with a perfect and unending love. Thank you that this love can’t be earned, that you give it to me freely, regardless of what I say, think, or do. Please show me areas in my own life where I could love others more like you do. Help me to see my friends, family and strangers through your eyes, that I would love them with an unconditional love. Amen.
A village girl at heart, Amy is moving to Southampton this year to study Medicine; and is looking forward to taking up sailing, finding a new church, and seeing God move at Uni. She has loved being involved in churches and CU at home and is super excited to see what God has planned for this next (quite long!) chapter.