Going to the doctor is the last thing on my mind when it comes to the holiday of love. I have date night, mushy cards, and chocolates on my to-do list, but definitely not my health. For the first Valentine’s Day ever, I realized I was not acting according to God’s definition of this overused, underestimated word, “love.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 says,
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!”
When I replaced each use of the word “love” in those verses with my name, I could not help but feel as if I was telling a lie. I am not always patient, nor kind. I get prideful and have a tendency to be rude. I have the audacity to believe that people are put on earth to make me happy, and when they do not, I get irritable. I often retreat back to a wrong someone has done to me long ago. If I have controversy with a friend or loved one, I want to give up instead of push through the circumstances. So, why do I soak up the love of Christ in the morning, and yet, let none of it overflow to those around me?
Because I have not made a conscious effort to do so. The worldly view of love is strictly confined to a feeling, but God’s explanation goes much deeper than that. Love, according to Christ, is a choice and an action. Sometimes I have an attitude of resentment towards my service to others, lacking any sort of love, and feeling inconvenienced. But Christ says that this form of service is useless.
1 Corinthians 13:3 states,
“If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.”
This Valentine’s Day, I do not challenge you to make an appointment at the doctor’s office, but I am asking you to examine your heart. We love others because, “He first loved us.” Use this lovely month as an opportunity to change your words, your attitude, and your actions into the most precious atmosphere of Christ that anyone has ever witnessed.