“What is love? Baby don’t hurt me no more….”
The famous words from the song “What Is Love” by Haddaway are featured on the famous Will Ferrel movie, Night at the Roxbury. No, I am not going to talk about that, but that is just what comes to mind when I think of that phrase. But for real,What Is Love???
Love has seemed to be a common theme for me this semester, ever since I read the book Love Does by Bob Goff, which I mentioned in a post earlier this year. But I have been thinking a lot about what it means to love others and how do we do that on a day to day basis. Last night in my devotions I read from 1 John 3:16, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.”
We are called to love because God first loved us. What a great example of love! It is such a challenge in my day to day life to learn to love others. Yes, this sounds cliché, but it in all seriousness, truly loving others is something that I hear all the time but never really understand how to put into action.
I think a good first step is learning to appreciate the good in others instead of focusing on their flaws. When life gets busy for me, it becomes much easier to become frustrated with people because in all honesty, people can be annoying. But I have found the most successful people in life find ways to ignore the annoying aspects of people and love the good.
Is there a greater act of grace in all of history than the act of Christ laying his life down for us? Grace also ties into to this whole idea of loving others. We are all human and humans make mistakes. It is important to keep in mind that when loving people.
I think sometimes we get wrapped up in the comfort that God shows us grace but are we showing grace in our lives? I truly desire for my life to reflect grace even though there are times when that does not happen.
The verse resolves with this command: “And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” What a challenging verse!
Live A Life Of Love