Love Defined – My Valentine

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

The greeting card poets have been busy for this Valentine’s Day. In a hundred different ways on a hundred different cards are a hundred different attempts to define a single thought: the meaning of love.

Emotions are certainly part of love. But there is more to love than just a feeling, much more!

In his Word God defines love as an action. In the great “love chapter” of the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13, love is defined as something that is done, rather than a feeling. “Love is [being] patient, love is [being] kind, …”

Actually, the entire Bible revolves around one great act of love. God extended his love toward us all. Jesus described it this way: “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Jesus’ love is defined in what he did. His valentine to us came not in the form of a card, but a cross. He literally gave us his heart. And the loving relationship he promises those who trust in him is truly undying.

There is one great meaning for love. His name is Jesus Christ. He’s our true Valentine.

Prayer: Jesus, how great is love! You gave yourself over to death to make me your own. May your love and the sacrifice it led you to make for my salvation always be my most precious possession. Amen.


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