It’s February. The month of “love”. Before I could even take the ornaments off of our Christmas tree I saw chunky, little cupids and paper heart doilies emerging on store shelves.
Oh, Valentine’s Day. The day of heart-shaped boxes, over-sized teddy bears, and cheesy sentiments.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not against this day. I go through the motions of Valentine’s Day, too. My girls pass out handmade, glittery cards to their friends and we usually make a delicious, pink frosted dessert of some kind. My husband writes me a sweet note and we enjoy the day like everyone else.
But after being on this journey of trying to really know my Savior and who He is, I have learned that love is much more than candy hearts and glitter.
Love is a sacrifice.
When my husband gets home from a long day at work and I am already too exhausted to care…
When my three girls are dancing on my very last nerve and all I want to do is yell and lose my patience…
When I feel like I can’t possibly have anything left to give to a friend who needs a listening ear…
When I sense the sweet and gentle calling of my precious Jesus but I’m already all tucked in and ready to sleep…
I will choose to give a sacrifice of love.
But how can we, as flawed and sometimes exhausted women, really walk this out. How do we know how to love like this when many of us have never been given this type of love here on earth? How do we know what love is?
We know true love when we know the one true God.
1 John 4:8 tells us “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
1 John 3:16 tells us how we know love: “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.”
John 3:16, perhaps one of the most well-known bible verses of all time, reminds us of God’s sacrifice of love for US: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
To know God, is to know love. To give love, even when it hurts and costs us something, is to give God. I think this is amazing.
And even though the sacrifice of love is costly and at times painful, I can guarantee that the reward far outweighs the sacrifice.
Love is a sacrifice but love is the greatest prize.
Even though I fall short most days, I try to live out the the love that 1 Corinthians 13 speaks of:
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”
I’m going to need a lot of glue and glitter to put that on a Valentine….
May we all learn to love like He has so graciously loved us.
By Ida Mundell, Eat Drink and Be Jesus