1 John 4:18 NLT
Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.
“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” That is an old saying packet with truth. I would equate the word ‘care’ with the word ‘love’. I have also been told and learned that when you really love, authentically love, people will be drawn to you, and their lives will be changed.
But the love thing is difficult because the world and the leader of this world, our enemy Satan, has perverted and twisted the meaning of love. It has been cheapened and lost it’s impact, but when we realize what unconditional love is, things change.
Young people think they know what love is. Often called puppy love and said to be untested, that love is the fluffy here today and gone tomorrow kind of thing. I have heard others say that until you have kids or grandkids of your own you have a hard time really understanding love.
Jesus depicted the love of God for us in living color by going to the cross for us. There He took our sin. There He marked our debt paid in full all because the love of God was poured out as a once for all kind of sacrifice. We need, this world needs, people all around us need the authentic and powerful love that God gives us.
What is love?
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!
Those verses and the verse at the top were highlighted in my mom’s Bible. As I flipped through the pages of her Bible preparing for her funeral I noticed that many or maybe the majority of the verses highlighted in her Bible were about love. What made that come home even more is that when mom would get a new Bible she would go through the new one to highlight the things that are most important to her.
Love matters. Love goes beyond everything else. The Bible says that love covers all kinds of things. Love gets rid of fear. Love changes our minds and gives us courage. Love is a big deal.
My mom taught me how to love. The biggest thing I would like to convey about my mom’s love, this is confirmed by both my brothers, is that my mom always showed up and accepted us no matter what.
I want to love like that. I want to love like my mom loved me. I want to love even more like God has shown and given His love to me and to so many others.
May you know that love and give it away!