Love is the one emotion that is hard to describe. You could make a list that would never end for you would have to keep adding to it every day. Love is wonderful but love can be painful as well. Love is holding hands and giving hugs and praying and crying together. Love is all the good wrapped up in one wonderful bundle. Love is also waiting and watching and worrying, being concerned and confused and scared.
The bible says: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 4. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5.It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7.It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away
Love is also is sitting up all night rocking your baby when he has the colic. Love is holding that little hand as they learn to walk. Love is hugging that child the first time they say “mamma or daddy.”. It’s kissing their booboos as they grow. It’s taking them on adventures and activities. It’s being there when they cry over their first crush, when they make the honor roll and when they go to their first dance. Love is pacing the floor on their first date and constantly looking out the window to see if they have pulled up yet.
Love is watching them grow, being there for them, hugging them as they graduate, as they get engaged or married, sitting in the waiting room while your grandchild is born, and having hour long conversations when they have had a disagreement with their spouse or a friend. It’s always being there for them.
Love is calling an elderly relative every night and spending an hour talking about their happiest moments. It’s letting them know that you love them, that you are just a phone call away and can be there in 2 minutes in they need you. Love is running out the door in the middle of the night because someone needs your help right away.
Love is laying there, listening until you hear that familiar snore and know that all is well and it’s safe to go to sleep. It’s getting out of bed to check the house because you heard a sound, it’s getting up at 4:30 to take someone sick to the hospital, and it’s sitting by their bed during a lengthy hospital stay.
Love is reaching out to those you know are lonely or hurt, like the guy who pushes carts at the store, who suddenly becomes your adopted son and now gets a hug instead of just a “hi, how are you” or the elderly neighbor next door that suddenly becomes “Auntie or Grandma”. Love is holding the hands of little ones, holding hands of adults, and holding the hands of the sick or diseased or elderly as they take their last breath.
Love is feeding a stray cat, finding a puppy a home, feeding the birds and squirrels and talking to the butterflies that fly around your head. Love is walking out in nature and thanking Jesus for all the blessings you have had in your life, and all the trials and tribulations too, because they have taught you so many lessons.
But the greatest love doesn’t come from animals or humans. The greatest love comes from Jesus, himself. He loved us so much that he laid down his life for our sins, so we could be forgiven. He loves us so much that he created a beautiful world which we have slowly destroyed, so he has created another one for us, more beautiful to enjoy when we leave this one.
He loves us so much that he is always with us. We don’t have to leave a message and wait for him to call back. We don’t have to wait for him to get off work , do the household chores, or feed the kids dinner before he can be there for us.
He’s the one who loves us so much that he wraps his arms around us and gives us strength when we lose a parent, a spouse, a child or a good friend. He loves us so much that he whispers in our ear “ I am with you even unto the end of time”. He’s the one who gives you peace you when you feel lost and alone. He holds your hand and leads when you feel like you can’t go on and gives you the strength to stand up and go on living.
Jesus said that of all things “Love” was the most important. Not the love of wealth or material things, but the love of each other. He instructed us to love everyone as he loves us, our friends, our family, the stranger, our enemies unconditionally.
We humans often find that hard to do. We are easily hurt and offended and find it difficult to let go of those painful experiences. We often find it hard to forgive and forget and that makes it very difficult for us to show unconditional love. We can never match the love that God has for us, but if we could try, what a world this would be.
It’s hard to find true love in this world today. Society dictates to us what love should be and more and more people are making a shopping list when they are looking for love. They treat finding a loved one like looking for the right dress or pair of shoes. They must fit exactly the way they want them too. They have to be the right color, the right design, the right size and the right price.
I honestly think that is one reason so many marriages fail. The people went shopping, found what they thought would fit their needs and wants and when it didn’t turn out right, they couldn’t get a refund so they just toss the the marriage out with the trash.
I’m so thankful for all the people god put around me to love and who love me. My heart is so full that sometimes I feel it might explode. I pray that more and more will find the joy that true love brings, unconditional love that overwhelms any other kind.