"Dear children,” the apostle John wrote in old age, “let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:18) I don’t think he was talking about chocolates or Hallmark cards.
Valentines Day is over, but love is more than flowers and chocolates. In the end it has more to do with dirty laundry and toothpaste splatters on the bathroom mirror. Sometimes it may even mean NOT doing unto others as you would have them do to you because men and women are different and the way they perceive love is not always the same.
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 perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
May your love be truer than the words on a card. May it be remain sweet when the chocolate box is empty. May it bloom ever fresh when the water in the flower vase begins to stink and the roses have gone to the compost heap.
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13
LeAnne Hardy has lived in six countries on four continents. Her books come out of her cross-cultural experiences and her passion to use story to convey spiritual truths in a form that will permeate lives.
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