Love. We think we know what love is because everywhere we look we are bombarded with the world’s version of love. A love that is unrealistic and often selfish. Little girls grow up thinking that they will be whisked away by a charming prince, and often that is exactly what happens. Someone with a charming tongue and pretty face comes along and says all the right things and they are caught up in the Disney moment, only to find out later that the charm was fleeting. How many men and women do you know who are walking around with wounded hearts because of a warped idea of love?
Scripture tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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.
The love described in 1 Corinthians is Christ’s love for us. It is a perfect love from our perfect Savior. Far too often this verse is used as a tool against each other or called upon to determine what we expect from our mate.
Just as we are human, with sin in our lives, and selfishness in our hearts, so is our mate. We are given this verse in scripture as something to strive for within ourselves, not to expect from another.
If I hold this truth – the truth of Christ’s love as a guide for how I should love, I will be striving with each moment to show this to my mate. Not expecting it from him.
Lord give me a heart to love like You love.