Who’s Doing the Lovin’?

It’s love weekend…the time where we take a break and focus some love on those we cherish. Or, according to Hallmark, we’re supposed to 🙂

Some people go all out for Valentine’s Day and shower their darling with cards and treats and surprises. Some poor souls get puppies as a surprise. Not sure I’d want a puppy…

When we were dating my dear Jim planned a scavenger hunt all around the Seminary campus. The challenge ended at the top of the bell tower (and involved me walking blindfolded around the courtyard!), where he had set up a romantic steak dinner. What a memory!

Since then, Valentine’s Day has changed. Some years we’ve forgotten it’s Valentines Day. Others have been celebrated amidst the screams of our toddlers. Despite our lackluster Valentine days, we strive for love everyday, through the challenges and arguments, the busy children and moves, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

We attempt to do the 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 love passage:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres, love never fails. 

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret – Jim and I don’t always love each other the Corinthians way. We have streaks of selfishness, bouts of anger, lack of patience, and sometimes just a general coldness.

But we repent and forgive, and work for our love.

The only reason we can enjoy forgiveness is because God first loved us (1 John 4:19).

God is the epitome of love because God is love (1 John 4:8).

1 John 4 is such a revealing passage about the character of God, and if we plug God’s name into 1 Corinthians, we get a more in-depth picture of God. Try it out:

God is patient (2 Peter 3:9)
God is kind (Titus 3:4 – 5)
God does not envy (Exodus 3:13 – 14)
God does not boast (Jeremiah 9:23 – 24)
God is not proud (Philippians 2:4 – 8)
God does not dishonor others (Romans 10:11)
God is not self-seeking (John 3:16)
God is not easily angered (Psalm 103:8)
God keeps no records of wrongs (Psalm 103:12)
God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth (John 14:6, Psalm 136:1)
God always protects (Psalm 28:7)
God is worthy of trust (Psalm 37:4 – 6)
God brings hope (Isaiah 40:31)
God always perseveres (Psalm 130:7 – 10)
God never fails (Psalm 136)

What a God we have who embodies love! I’m sure you could add stories to each of the above descriptions of God.

I recognize that everyday I try to love in the way I am called to love. And everyday I fail. With my husband. With my children. With all of my valentines.

Praise. God. That He is God and He loves perfectly.

Praise. God. That He grants me love when I haven’t earned it, and forgiveness when I haven’t loved those He cherishes.

Praise. God. That He loves me, His valentine, and leads me to love imperfectly.

Praise God this Valentines Day.

Happily linked with:
Grace and Truth
Messy Marriages
A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
Raising Homemakers
A Little R & R
Pat and Candy

 

 

 

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