With Valentine’s Day practically upon us, we see red hearts and cupid angels everywhere. I’m talking down grocery store aisles, on building windows, decorations on people’s houses, on twitter and facebook; pretty much everywhere.
In today’s society it seems love seems to revolve around feelings. People fall in and out of love as quickly as the season change, touting ideas like “follow your heart” or “I just didn’t feel in love anymore.”
And sure, when you feel passionately in love with someone it’s fantastic. The butterflies, the smiles, the happiness. But is that something you can sustain forever? And when things get hard, how will you respond?
This fleeing feeling of love is not what the bible talks about when it talks about real love. I know we all recite this verse at weddings, but look at it again:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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 13:4-8b.
If THIS was the kind of love that people had for one another, would divorce rates be so high? Would we have widows and single moms struggling for day-to-day survival? Would orphans be starving to death simply because they can’t find food?
No, because this kind of love is selfless. It sacrifices. It cares.
– Briana B.