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: 4-8
Doesn't sound much like the love we are told about on movies and tv programs does it? Those verses don't describe the love we have come to know in our society, the "I will love you until it doesn't feel right or you make me upset," love, or the "someone better came along," love. I use the term love very loose here, because that's not love. Love sticks it out. Love is an action word. It pushes on through the tough times in life. To truly love a person, you stick by them no matter what is going on in their life. Love cares about others. Love lets hurts go, instead of holding on to them. Love is a safe place, that keeps striving to be better.
I admit, love is not always easy. Our human side wants to take over and make all things about us, not the other person. Sometimes love is just plain difficult if the person you love is pushing you away, or running and doing their own thing, but to truly love someone, whether it's a friend, child, spouse, sibling, or other relative, is to pursue them and not give up on them.
We can run and be difficult to love, pursuing our own desires, instead of love. The truest form of love came from Jesus as he died on the cross for each of our sins. He pursues us, and loves us more than we can ever phathom. He longs for us to be in a relationship with him. He gave up his life for each of us. That is true love.
For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17
Happy Valentine's Day!