Love is….


I know I have posted these verses before.  I have this printed in my house because I love the verses.  I think that love is often thrown around without any true meaning behind it.  We say we love things like shoes, french fries, and cars.  We tend to love lots of things.  But what is love?  What does it truly mean to love?  


Well, if you ask the world, love is something you give when it is given to you.  You love people who deserve it, and it is ok to stop loving and walk away when it suits you.  

But what does the bible tell us about love?  When I look at the bible for advice on love, I find that I might not be loving the way I should.  This goes for everyone in my life, but I want to focus on my husband.  


I think it is easy for me to read 1 Corinthians 13 and feel so strongly that I must apply this to my life but then actually doing it seems to be harder.  I suddenly become impatient with my husband when he isn’t doing things just the way I think he should.  I do not speak to him with kindness, out of frustration.  I envy things he gets to do.  I allow pride to guide my actions.  I loose my temper.  I bring up past hurts.  


I feel justified in these actions because there is always a reason why I feel the way I do.  But the truth is, the bible tells me that loving my spouse looks different.  God calls us to love one another first, regardless of the other persons actions.  


Right now I am so encouraged and inspired to love people, for God.  Love my husband because it pleases The Lord.  Love my husband like 1 Corinthians 13 calls me to. I am encouraged to love him the way the bible teaches us to love.  I want to stop justifying my worldly actions and make sure I am seeking to please God first.