Love One Another

(Photo credit: My amazing sister.)

I believe that true love is more than just being physically attracted to another person. True love is not just that warm feeling girls get when a highly crushable guy flashes them a smile or puts his arm around them. Sometimes, couples can even be too quick to say, “I love you,” thinking that the emotional high they get when they’re with each other is a sign from God that they’re meant to be together forever.

God clearly shows us in His Word what true love is, and I can sum it up in one phrase. True love is what Jesus did for us. The Bible says it best in this way in Romans 5:8, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Read that again.

God loved us so much, that even when we were at our worst, even when we wanted nothing to do with Him, God sent His only Son to die for us.

Who wouldn’t want a love like that?

Sadly, the way our society views love is nothing like that. Loving yourself means thinking only of yourself and not for others. Loving someone else means that if it feels right then it is. Love means relying on what feels right rather than what is right. And if suddenly, we find we don’t love that person anymore, then it’s okay to run away from the relationship until we find somebody who fulfills our every need.

Nope. Not going to happen.

What happened to true love?

True love is a choice. It means loving someone with the kind of love that Jesus loves us, and yes, this applies to all romantic relationships, friendships, and family relationships. But what does it mean to love someone unconditionally like Jesus loves us?

Today, our society has a “I’ll love you if you love me” or “I’ll love you if you give me something in return” mentality but thank God that’s not how He loves us. When we love someone unconditionally, we are free to love them without expecting anything in return. We reach a place in our hearts where it doesn’t matter what they do, nothing could ever change our love for them. We see the best in them even when they’re at their worst.

Imagine if that was our standard of true love.

I was talking with a good friend of mine about this a while ago, and she said something that really stuck with me. She said that she didn’t want to like a guy; she wanted to love one. The definition of like for her means wanting a guy so badly for herself, but true love means loving someone enough so that we are willing to let that person go if that’s what’s best for them.

I think that really sums it up.

Love does not insist on its own way.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

True love never ends.

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