What Does Love Look Like???
If it isn’t flowers and chocolates and stuffed animals and cards?
Since Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, what does love look like? I’ve never known love to have a face; a particular aesthetic appeal. I think ‘looking for love’ is a disappointing perpetual practice. How can one look for something that can’t be viewed/seen? Let me share a single scripture,
Matthew 5:43-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Let us be mindful of accepting everything that is said to us and/or about us – or life/love, for that matter. Sometimes, we need to pray for confidence so that we won’t be convinced to change based on someone else’s beliefs. Jesus says for us to love our enemies. Now, let me pause right here to say – I’ve always been amazed at how many attribute the title ‘enemy’ to someone who doesn’t like them – I believe that there is a difference between those who don’t like you and a person who is an enemy. Regardless, Jesus challenges us to love our enemies. I’m convinced that love doesn’t have a face but has a hand – it is an action that awakens a feeling of worth and acceptance. “…For if you love those…” Seemingly, love, then is a choice – a choice to act on another.
How do you know that you are loved? What makes you feel loved?
Love doesn’t hurt. When we love, the act is voluntary. If it or they hurt you – that isn’t love – call it what it is. Love awakens our ability to connect and feel what we can’t physically see. How do you understand love? How do you express love? How do you receive love from another?
I think it is important for us to not only receive love from others but to also identify how to express love for ourselves. How do you love yourself? If love doesn’t hurt but awakens feelings – how do you feel about yourself? If you haven’t experienced love internally, how can you expect an external love to feel any differently from the abandoned action you’ve afforded yourself?
Love is service – do it!
Love is real – experience it!
Love is expression – embrace it!
Love is true – know it!
Love doesn’t look like anything – but love is…
Check out these scriptures on love via: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-love-25-awesome-scripture-quotes/
As always – Stay blessed, a blessing & encouraged!