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I asked my kids, “What is love?” My 9 year old son said, “Love is when you like someone.” And my young teen daughter said, “Love is God and cats.”
I say love is sacrificing your happiness for others, giving of yourself to help, standing beside someone during the ugliest of moments, and choosing to think good and want the best for everyone.
At the core of our being we need love. We miss the mark, most times, and try to fill that hole with food, sex, titles, and even busyness.
I had a great childhood growing up, in a christian home, with loving parents and siblings to play with (or torture, depending who you ask. LOL joking)
But there is and has always been, if I’m honest with myself, a Love shaped hole in my soul. I’ve tried to fill it with everything mentioned above. Sadly.
I’ve learned. I’m in my 30’s, it took me a long time, but I’ve learned. The whole can only be filled with God and His Word.
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Bible Verses on Love
With all the inspiration and romance we try to label it with, ultimately love is from God, because God is love. At the center of who He is, there is love.
These Bible defines Love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Wow! That Bible verse nails it on the head. I need to memorize this verse. Checking my behavior and thoughts, at the door of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, on a daily basis.
But what of God’s love, because, although I need to show love and let my life shine His glory, I crave God’s love more than anything. At the center of who He is and His love for me, I am.
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,” Ephesians 3:16-18
The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV)
Those are my two current favorite verses of God’s love for me. I often times remind myself, when I’m feeling low, that God’s love is so deep and so wide that I cannot comprehend it. And in Zephaniah, it says Jesus quiets me with His love.
Just let that soak in for a moment! God’s love is so massive we can’t understand it and in our sorrow and bad days He comforts us with His love.
This should bring any hurting heart the healing that it needs. But staying and standing in this love is where the good stuff is at. Everyday being reminded of love. Love from God, love for each other and love for yourself.
So here it is, I created this Scripture Writing challenge on Love! We are in the month of February, the month of Love. What better way to celebrate this month than by taking the time to intentionally write out one bible verse on love, per day for the whole month.
If you are looking for a free printable prayer journal, click HERE.
Grace and love to you,