During the Valentine season our minds are turned toward thoughts of love, especially toward our spouse, or boyfriend or girlfriend. There is a question that always seems to turn up this time of year: What is true love?
Holy Scripture clearly defines this by saying “God is love.” So to understand what true love is, we really need to understand who God is since “God is love.” Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Wow, that is love. Even while we were treating Christ wrong as sinners, He loved us so much to give his life for us. We could give nothing to Christ, yet He gave us his everything.
True love then is looking out for the well being of the other without expecting anything in return. Could you imagine what this world would be like if we practiced that kind of love? How about your own personal relationships; would they be better if you would practice that kind of love?
The problem I see so many times around me is that we don’t go into a relationship unless we think we are going to get something out of it. As a former pastor, I have done some marriage counseling and I always encouraged couples to practice this kind of love. Give to each other without expecting anything in return. You will find that the more you practice this, the more love will return to you.
In my own personal relationship, when I feel that I need to be loved more by an individual, I usually try to give more love first.
Do you need to feel loved this Valentine’s season? Why not try giving it out without any attachments? You just might be surprised what you get back.