I have always been infatuated with the idea of love. The grand romantic gestures described in novels and watched in Hollywood romantic comedies and my own overactive imagination fuelled my idealism.
When i was growing up, i was always falling in and out of love even when i had no idea what it meant to be loved or to love someone else.
My encounter with Jesus taught me to view life differently but it is really my relationship with him that has changed my knowledge of what love really is. Whether it is romantic or otherwise.
Relationship with Jesus showed me that i am already loved and taught me to settle in that knowledge to receive it. When he says to me; ‘Beloved’, he’s giving me an instruction; to Be Loved.
Relationship with Jesus taught me that real love can be messy, because life is messy. Life has ups and downs, pain, joy, disappointment and uncertainties but true love is consistent through it all.
Love is aspirational. When you have experienced true love, you aspire to it. You want to live up to love like that. I think that’s where i am now. aspiring to love on others like i have been loved. I am not there yet, I fail a lot of times, but i’m on my way.
Relationship with Jesus taught me that love is spiritual because it is God’s nature. It takes a heart yielded to God to love like God loves. Affection may be natural, but love is not.
In the words of Paul the Apostle,
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud.
Love is not rude, it is not selfish, and it cannot be made angry easily.
Love does not remember wrongs done against it. Love is never happy when others do wrong, but it is always happy with the truth.
Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits. ”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ERV
May you discover how loved you already are, so you can be empowered to love on others just the way you are loved.
Happy Valentine’s Day.