Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Live a Life of Love
LOVE. It's one of those words... We're supposed to know what it means. I mean, mostly we do. But often our definition is lacking or skewed.
For instance, romantic love is more than holding hands or kissing, although that is nice. It's also about kindness, caring and seeking the best in the other person. It's about putting others' needs before yours. It's sacrificial for the good of the other person and the sake of the relationship.
Bottom line: If you are meeting his needs and he is meeting yours, then everyone gets their needs met!
Of course there are other kinds of love. God loves you--the best love there is! And there is the love of family, friends, people whom you serve and more.
I love The Message Bible because the wording is so down-to-earth. Here's one passage about LOVE from Ephesians 5:
"Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant...Love like that."
When we spend time with the One who loves us most, we learn to love like that.
I'm in! How about you?
Jackie M. Johnson is an author and freelance writer in Colorado. Her hope-filled and encouraging books include "Power Prayers for Women," "When Love Ends and the Ice Cream Carton Is Empty" and "Powerful Prayers for Challenging Times." Jackie also writes the Living Single blog on Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk website.