It's a word that is overused in our culture - the word "love". We love pizza. We love our family. We love our favorite sports team. But do all those really mean the same thing? Take a few minutes to check out this post by Paul Tripp....it will challenge you about how you define and live out love in your relationships!
What is love?
You won't find the best answer on the pages of Wikipedia, Merriam-Webster or Shakespeare. No, the best definition of love was established at an event, the most important event in human history: the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Christ's sacrifice of love is the ultimate example of what love is and what love does. Here's a definition I like to use:
1. Love is willing self-sacrifice for the good of another that does not require reciprocation or that the person being loved is deserving.
If we are followers of Jesus Christ and believe in the cross for salvation, then our words and actions and responses must be motivated by cruciform love. That is, love that shapes itself to the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ (cruci = "cross" and form = "in the shape of").
On this Valentine's Day, here are 23 more ways that you can express cruciform love in your daily living.
2. LOVE IS being willing to have your life complicated by the needs and struggles of others without impatience or anger.
3. LOVE IS actively fighting the temptation to be critical and judgmental toward another while looking for ways to encourage and praise.
4. LOVE IS making a daily commitment to resist the needless moments of conflict that come from pointing out and responding to minor offenses.
5. LOVE IS being lovingly honest and humbly approachable in times of misunderstanding.
6. LOVE IS being more committed to unity and understanding than you are to winning, accusing, or being right.
7. LOVE IS a making a daily commitment to admit your sin, weakness, and failure and to resist the temptation to offer an excuse or shift the blame.
8. LOVE IS being willing, when confronted by another, to examine your heart rather than rising to your defense or shifting the focus.
9. LOVE IS making a daily commitment to grow in love so that the love you offer to another is increasingly selfless, mature, and patient.
10. LOVE IS being unwilling to do what is wrong when you have been wronged, but looking for concrete and specific ways to overcome evil with good.
11. LOVE IS being a good student of another, looking for their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs so that in some way you can remove the burden, support them as they carry it, or encourage them along the way.
12. LOVE IS being willing to invest the time necessary to discuss, examine, and understand the relational problems you face, staying on task until the problem is removed or you have agreed upon a strategy of response.
You can read the last 12 by clicking the link below:
Link to the whole post by Paul David Tripp: 24 Things that Love Is. https://www.paultripp.com/wednesdays-word/posts/24-things-that-love-is