The Look of Love
The Look of Love
Love is a very common word in the English language. It is used too often in some cases and too little in others. The word is normally directed towards an individual or a group of people, but it can also be used to express how one feels about something they possess or enjoy doing.
I have often heard people say that love is an action word and that sounds good. However, by definition love is a noun. However, it can also be an action word: loving and loved.
Love (noun): a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. A feeling of war personal attachment or deep affection. A person toward whom love is felt.
Loved or Loving (verb): To have love or affection for. To have profoundly tender, passionate affection for.
Now that we have that established. What is the look of love? Or What Does loving someone look like? It can be expressed in so many ways. When you look at 1 Cor. 13, we see how God defines perfect love:
1 Corinthians 13King James Version (KJV):
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
But in a practical way what does that look like really?
Love is lending a shoulder someone can cry on
Love is giving an encouraging word that someone can rely on later
Love is visiting the sick
Love is forgiving those who have wronged you, realizing that everyone has their faults
Love is giving someone the truth even if they may not like it
Love is praying for someone
Love is compassion shown to someone else
Love is sacrifice (give of yourself)
Love is not selfish but selfless
Love is not vain words
Love is not a disappointing glare but a loving smile
Just to name a few things. Find ways to show love in your everyday life. So many people need love. People are broken, people are depressed. Show the Love of God to bring life to someone else.
If that is you today, know that you are loved. Know that you are cherished. Know that you are valuable. Know that you are special. If Jesus had to die on the cross for just you, he would. Christ died for the individual and the collective!