Happy Valentine’s Day
Today is the day for love, but what does it mean to love or be in love? What does the Bible teach us about love?
The Bible presents love not as an emotion but as an act of the will. We choose to love; that is, we commit ourselves to act in the best interests of another person. Of course, emotions accompany love and we naturally have warm feelings toward someone we’re attracted to. Love is not a state that we stumble into; it’s a commitment that we grow into. Part of the trouble with the idea of “falling in love” is the world’s twisting of what love means. It would often be more accurate to say that those who “fall in love” actually “fall in lust” or “fall into infatuation” or “fall into co-dependency.”
We are all familiar with 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. 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. (NIV)
We don’t “fall into” patience or kindness. The more we grow into love, the more giving and others-focused we will become. “Falling in love” is a lovely phrase, and it conjures up enjoyable feelings of having entered an ideal romance. Such feelings are fine, in and of themselves, and it’s possible that those who are falling in love have indeed found a perfect match. But we must always remember that love is more than emotional involvement based on physical attraction. Those who are “falling in love” are sometimes blinded to the reality of their situation and can easily mistake the intensity of their emotions for genuine love. So, this Valentine’s day show true love. Let’s commit ourselves to act in the best interest of another person.
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