What is love? This is the big question that a lot of people are asking and a lot of people think that they already have figured out. The Bible gives us a good definition in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 where it tells us: “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.”
We have been blessed with this great definition, but we still need something more. We need to not only know what love is, but what it looks like. How does love work? There is another great passage of Scripture that says: “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. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” I John 3:16-18
I want you to notice three things that jump out of this passage to me about how we do love:
1.) Lay down your life for others! Jesus gave His life for us and proof that we get that is that we give our life for one another. Think about it – how can you lay down your life for your brothers and sisters?
2.) See a need, meet a need! If you have material possessions? We do have material possessions, so when we see a need, then wa are to have pity and do what we can to meet that need.
3.) Love – Really love! with action and in truth! Talk is cheap – it is easy to say: “I love you!” We have to do more than say it, we have to do it. We do love through the actions of our life and we do love through the truth of His Word.
What is love? It’s what you make it, so make it right for God’s glory!