Do you know how to Love? (Photo)

As Valentine's Day approaches, we begin to think about love more. It's hard not to when many incoming emails remind us to buy products and services for those we care about to celebrate this day. Even our children's school classes encourage everyone to make valentines and bring in pink and red snacks on that day... Our 3rd grader is hoping I'll make cookies for his class. If I can find a tube of something at the grocery store, that might happen. lol

After reading definitions of the word "love" in 2 different dictionaries, what I found matched exactly what our culture is teaching. I found that love is a feeling, a response to something we've received, something that brings us pleasure. These are all true but nowhere did I read anything about how love gives. 

On my way to the car wash this morning with my 2 youngest girls (20 mos. & 4 yrs.) I was only planning on getting the outside washed. I knew Jonathan prefers I get the inside done too EVERY time since they hand-dry the outside (no water spots). Remembering what I've been studying about love I immediately had the desire to go out of my way and do what he would like (even though I got out of the house later than I wanted and big grocery shopping was next on our to-do list). 

It's amazing how less selfish I act when I'm aware of God's love in me... (And trust me, I am far from perfect in this area!) :)

Most of us know how to receive love but what about giving love? Loving is deeper than romantic feelings. It's about going the extra mile. It is completely unselfish, not thinking about what it will receive in return. John 3:16 is THE perfect example of love in action. 

"God loved the world (people) so much that He GAVE His one and only Son..." 

God gave and gave and gave, even knowing there would be many who wouldn't even receive His love... That's hard to wrap my mind around. You might say, "That's easy for Him since God IS love." (1 John 4:8) The good news is that as Believers, God has made it possible, even easy for us to love like God loves! How? Romans 5:5 says that the love of God has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit! It's in us NOW!

Even though that love is within us, we must keep it at the forefront of our minds by meditating every day on God's love. If we are only listening to the media tell us what we deserve and how to look out for our own interests and make sure we're not being taken advantage of, we will believe it. Our flesh is naturally pulled toward selfishness. Thank God He's given us the ability to live above our selfish nature!

What we meditate on, we will act on.

What are some things you can do this week to go the extra mile, to act unselfishly? You will be amazed how good it feels when you do those things!