“What does this word mean?” A question that parents, teachers, and/or adults will often times be asked from children seeking to learn the definition of a word. Defining words is currently a learning process for my children. They are introduced to new vocabulary words in different subjects. They each seem to want to understand the meaning as they will ask about a word if they don’t know.
I will encourage my children when they are seeking the meaning of word to use a dictionary. Of course, for them, that means Google. Helping them learn the symbols and letters within a dictionary is important to understand the overall meaning and use of the word.
Within this blog we focus upon words in the title. Words do have meaning and value. The word for this edition, when looked up in the dictionary contains the letter ‘v’ next to it. That ‘v’ lets people know that the word is verb and verbs are action words. The word…love.
Our culture creates a convoluted message regarding love. The cultural message pertaining to love is often times complicated and difficult for us to reason. As followers of Christ, we need to focus on the message of love in God’s Word.
In 1st John, love is defined through relationships and obedience. John gives us a great reminder of how to love and what love should look like, using Jesus as the ultimate example.
1st John 3:16, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”
1st John 4:7-12, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”
1st Corinthians 13 is a passage we often hear read at weddings. There is nothing wrong with reading during a wedding; however, the content and context applies to every relationship. Within our daily lives, when we share God’s love it should look like 1 Corinthians 13. If we say we are showing love or someone is sharing love with us, then we should examine if that love is exhibiting the qualities outline in 1st Corinthians 13.
1st Corinthians 13:4-8, “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.”
May we be reminded and encouraged as we continue to learn and understand what love is and how to share God’s love in our relationships. Love is sacrificial, giving, unconditional and from God! May we share the love of Christ with the world.
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”