Today's Devotional Thought
February 15, 2010 by Rachel Piferi
What is love? Yesterday was Valentine’s Day and on this day, we celebrated love. When you think of Valentine’s Day, you probably think of romantic love mostly. But today, we are going to talk about more than just romantic love (eros). Today, we are going to talk about agape love and the charge that we should all feel to love others like God loves us.
Agape love is how God loves us. Agape love is a self-giving love, love that is given irrespective of merit. We don't deserve God's love and nothing that we do earns it. It has nothing to do with what you are good at, what you do, or how you act. It just is. And, because God loves us that way, we are able to love others that way. And, in his letter to the Corinthians, Paul describes pretty clearly how we should love like God loves us. He writes:
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 (v. 4-7).
Are you loving like Paul describes? As you evaluate how you love, ask yourself if you are loving others in a way that is self-sacrificing and giving. Are you thinking more about the other person and less about yourself? Because when you have a self-sacrificing and giving love for others like God’s love for you and you are thinking of the other person more than yourself, then you will find yourself able to love others in the way that Paul describes to the Corinthians. You are able to love the other person in a way that does not envy, that is patient, is not easily angered or proud and with a love that always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres with the other person. Are you loving selflessly? Are you demonstrating this selfless love in how you love them patiently and humbly and without envy? Are you loving others that way and showing God’s love to them?
As you celebrate Valentine’s Day, reflect on how God loves you and how you should emulate that type of love in the relationships in your life. It is not easy and we are not God, so we will falter at times in being selfless. But, we should all strive to love selflessly, with more concern for the other person than for ourself. Show another person that you love them, even on the bad days. They can be happy, sad, frustrated, excited, angry, impatient, calm, complaining, broken or whole and you will still love them. Show them that your love is given irrespective of merit. It just is and you just love them. And in doing so, you will be modeling God’s love. And, for some people, that may be the only glimpse of God’s love that they ever get.
Tell someone today that you love them and show them that your love is not earned. But rather it is freely given to them just as God loves you. And continue to pray that God helps you love others patiently and selflessly and humbly so that you can be a constant reminder of God’s love to others.