Let’s get ready for Valentine’s Day by learning what true love is, based on the teachings found in 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13.  Each day we’ll look focus on one of the traits listed in the scriptures.  By Valentine’s Day, we’ll have shared the entire ‘Love is…’ passage.  You can follow these on my Facebook page or here on this site.  I’ll update this post daily.

Feb 1:  Love is patient.    Feb 2:  Love is kind.    Feb 3: Love is not jealous.    Feb 4: Love does not boast.  It is not arrogant.    Feb 5: Love is not rude and does not demand its own way.    Feb 6:  Love is not irritable.     Feb 7:  Love doesn’t keep track of when it’s been wronged.   Feb 8:  Love is never glad about injustice.   Feb 9: Love rejoices in the truth.   Feb 10:  Love always protects.   Feb 11:   Love always trusts.   Feb 12:  Love always hopes.   Feb 13:  Love always perseveres. 

Feb 14:   Love never fails.     HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

I encourage you to take a few moments to read the entire ‘Love is’  passage and open yourself up to what these verses have to say to you.   For quick reference, go to www.BibleGateway.com   and enter 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.

Start by reading the verse once to be reminded of what true love is.  Then read it again while thinking about someone you love.  You’ll realize the strong areas of your love for them.  You might also discover areas of love that are weak in your relationship with that person, or traits of love you need to work on.

Continue reading the verses again, each time with someone else in mind.  For example, you might first read the verses thinking about your spouse or a close loved one.  Then read it again thinking of one of your children or your parents.   Do different traits of love jump out at you as you think about different people? 

Ok, that part was easy.  Jesus said even evil people find it easy to love the ones they like, but as Christians we’re called to love everyone…even our enemies (Matthew 5:44).  Now challenge yourself to read through the verses thinking about people who might not be so easy to love, or someone you might be having relationship issues with – co-worker, teacher, peer, boss, neighbor, friend, etc…  If you keep yourself open to what the verses say, they’ll show you the areas of love you need to address to help your relationship with that person. 

A dear ‘senior’ friend from church, who’s been blessed through her years with love, grace and wisdom, once told me that when she’s having difficulties with someone, she goes to the Bible and reads the ‘Love is…’ verses, and it helps her every time. 

February is love month, so let’s remember what Jesus said were the most important commandments, and do our best to really love those around us. 

“And you must love the Lord your God with all our heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength”… and, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  ~ Mark 12:30-31 

May you be blessed with lots of love in return!