Just some little things we sometimes forget about love. Remembering that each and every single person is deserving of love and IS loved in some way or another; remembering that love like an origami, complicated looking but really is simple without unnecessary emotional entanglements; remembering to show love to others in the smallest ways.
Above all for me, Valentines Day is a reminder of the source of love itself – God, for those who believe in Him. He exemplified what it meant to love when He loved us while we were yet sinners. Unconditional without any expectations. A lot of times, we lose sight of what it means to love our families and the people in our lives, putting their needs before ours and caring about them even when it costs us something.
“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. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
I used to think the ‘love’ passage was overrated and over-quoted, that it was just a generic definition of love. But every now and then, I find myself referring to it and holding on to God’s definition of love. Not because I am being “spiritually correct”, but because as much as I think I know what love is, I actually don’t. Honestly, it took me a long while to admit this. If there’s anything I’ve learnt from this passage, it’s this:
Love doesn’t operate by convenience, nor does it thrive on sensation and emotional experience. It runs deeper than anything we know; it is the strongest when it’s unseen and sometimes, unnoticed. It does not clamour for attention. It demands nothing, withholds nothing. It is not intrusive and it is not found where it’s not wanted. Love waits patiently at the door and knocks; it never loses sight of the Truth.
I guess this post serves more as a self-reminder, to overcome our intrinsic nature as humans to be selfish, to love the people around us meaning everyone, even those that are difficult to love. We aren’t filled naturally with love every day and i suppose the only way to truly love people for me is, having experienced the unconditional love of the One above and allowing myself to be a vessel of that love to others.
Love a little every day.