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This is my commandment: Love each other in the
same way I have loved you.
- John 15:12
I turned my head to see my friend Malachi close the passenger door and walk over to stand beside me while I pumped gas.
As we talked for those few minutes, my mind wandered to the motivation behind Malachi’s actions. He didn’t have to get out of the car. But he did because I was his friend, and he wanted to make sure I was safe.
To me, this is the definition of love.
I’m a self-diagnosed hopeless romantic. However, though I love romance movies, I’ve always known that the movies have an inaccurate definition of love.
Love is an action. A series of choices that show another person that their well-being matters to you.
Love is . . .
- Your boyfriend holding your hand to comfort you after an anxiety attack.
- Your best friend texting daily prayers for you as you make a life-altering decision.
- Your parents answering the phone at 1 a.m. because you need to tell them something BIG.
- Your brother Facetiming you on your birthday because he knew how much you wanted to talk to him.
- Your friend/brother standing beside you as your pump gas.
- Your Savior dying on the cross for your sins.
This Valentine’s Day, amidst the flowers and chocolates, remember that love isn’t defined in materialistic things or big romantic gestures. Love is defined by sacrificial actions.
Love is a verb. Take time to show someone that today!
1. How has someone shown you the true definition of love?
2. How can you show someone love today?
Abba Father, no other love will compare to the love You have for me. Thank You for defining love the day You died on the cross for my sins. Help me to take Your example of love and share it with the world around me. I love You, Abba. Amen.
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