Valentine’s day was this week, and every Valentine’s day there is tons of love. For boyfriends and girlfriends, husbands and wives, parents and children, siblings, and many others; February 14th is the day to share how much they love one another.
But then it’s over. We go back to our regular lives. Everything goes back to normal on February 15th. Do we stop sharing love with others?
Of course not! You don’t have to be loving just one day a year – you can and should demonstrate love to others everyday. You can choose to be loving daily. Whether it is with a friend, sibling, co-worker, spouse, significant other, child, parent, or even your enemy (yes, Jesus talks about that here), we choose to love daily.
1 Corinthians 13 is the “love” chapter. You hear it most at weddings, but chapter 13 is not about romance. This passage provides us with a great way to demonstrate love to those around us each and every day. Check out verses 4-12 below:
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
There is many great ways to demonstrate love each and every day in these verses. But what I personally love about this chapter is how Paul wraps it up. In verse 13 he says, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
There are many ways you can demonstrate that you believe and follow Christ as your Lord and Savior. BUT, the greatest way to show that is through love. And the great thing is that every day you can choose to love others.
So this is the challenge is set before us: How can you love others this week?
What do you think? Share your thoughts below or even one of your favorite verse from the Bible about love. We’d love to hear them.