The 'Fruit of the Spirit' - Love
Love is so broad and is used so much in our everyday language that it's hard to gauge the true meaning and significance behind it. Just think for a few moments how often you use the word love in your everyday. How many times have you said, 'I love that band', or 'I love food' or just in general, 'I love this that and the other'!?! I am nodding as I write this as I do it all the time. But what is actually mean by love? What does it meant to be love and portray love in our everyday walk?
Are you Love?
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 13:4-8a)For me this is the perfect definition of what love is. The thing is I can look at the meanings behind what love is and think actually, I do at times get easily angered, I do get impatient, I have had moments where many would say that I've been rude. Sometimes we do not realise the devastation of some of our actions and some of the things we say until it's too late. How many of us have become so inwardly focused on our thoughts, personal feelings, emotions that we then begin to fight our surroundings and situations and portray the exact opposite of what love is?
Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs. - (Proverbs 10:12)It's quite easy to dislike someone very quickly. We look at their general persona and make a split second decision on whether or not we like that person or hate that person. We often are quick to judge before we even know people and this in itself creates divisions, misunderstandings and general disagreements. Quite often we do it without realising it. We could be just walking through the town and look up at someone and make a split second decision about that person on the way they're dressed and the things they say. Our mind starts to feel up with all this negativity about the individual we've just passed without even a second thought about the real person that they are. We do not know their situation, whether it's good or bad, whether they've been hurt, whether there's a reason behind their outwardly attitude that is causing us to think negatively or disapprovingly.
Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbour as yourself. I am the LORD. - (Leviticus 19:18)Here's the thing, we can be quick to jump to conclusions when we disagree with something but what if we look upon those we see, those we meet, those we already have close bonds and relationships with, with compassion? What if instead of staring at someone and looking disapprovingly at them, making fun of someone behind their back, we go up and talk with them, console them, or just share a comforting smile. An expression of love makes all the difference.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. - (John 15:12)Love is the act of the will; a try to do attitude. It is symbolised by actions, not just words. Love reaches out to the 'outcasts' and brings them hope, brings them comfort, brings that smile back which has been covered so long by a frown. If we share love we shall receive love. Love is more than just a word, it's a feeling, an emotion, an action!
Are you Love?