I knew I would theme this month's devotional toward Love. It is, after all, February and Valentine's Day is approaching. But to tell you the truth, writing about Love is overwhelming. There are so many kinds of love: parent and child; sibling to sibling, friend to friend; husband to wife and vice versa; and my personal favorite, Grandparent to child.
As I begin to think about love, it seems to me that love, at present day, has changed. It's more cliche`, it's a catch phrase, a symbol; overused and misunderstood so often. Its more casual than deep, not devoted, but discarded - easily, quickly, irreversibly, irreverently. We base Love on our feelings, our ever-changing feelings; then expect "forever" to just "happen", like in a two-hour movie. The Bible calls this "philos" love - love by chance. Maybe we've tried to reshape Love to fit into our modern world. I think of the old tune, "what ever happened to old-fashioned love" and wonder if those days are gone.
But then, every once in awhile, I get a reminder of that Lover. I see a couple still holding hands after 50 years of togetherness; still sharing that "thing" between them that they've held to for so long...and my heart breathes out, hope emerges, and I think, maybe it's not Love that's changed, but us.
Maybe if we go back to the beginning when Love's meaning was described to us and exampled for us. The description, found in 1 Corinthians 13: - patient, kind, humble; bearing and believe all things...undefeatable, unconquerable. A no-matter-what kind of Love. The example, found in John 3:16, "For God Loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life"..
True Love, "Agape" love - love by choice. Costly, sacrificial, freely given.
Happy Valentine's Day