I have often heard teens tell whoever they are currently with they love them. But do they really? What is Love? Why is it so easy to tell someone? The more God draws me into Himself, the more I understand this complicated thing called love. Unfortunately, it seems many professing Christians have forgotten what love really is, or we never knew what it was in the first place. Love is not the butterflies you get in your stomach every time you are around that special individual. Nor is it the drug-like high you experience by them simply entering the room. If love is simply the feeling or emotional high you get when you are around someone, what makes it so unique, so special? To truly understand love we must grasp the depth of God’s love for us. Love is not a feeling, an emotion, or something that can be explained. If you can explain it, it is not of God. Take a look at 1 Corinthians Chapter 13, starting in verse four.
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” (ESV)
I know many of you are probably very familiar with this passage. But in spite of your familiarities with these verses, have you ever contemplated what they mean? Think about it, what does it mean when it says; Love is patient? How is that played out? Or how about kind? What are real, everyday life examples of how one might express love as it is defined here?