When and how can we show love?

 If you are waiting for Valentine´s day to come around so that you can show your love, you are missing a part of life that should be valued for more than once yearly.

The expression of love to another should not be reserved for a single day or for a special event or occasion. The celebration of love is more about how you live each day with the one(s) you love and care for.

In the course of a lifetime, it is the accumulation of all the little things that expresses our love whether it is shown verbally or with actions.

Love has many components and every component contributes to the whole. It is not that love should be subdivided into tiny morsels but is more that love goes well beyond simply being around someone else. It involves respect, consideration, going out of your way to do something that is not normally called for or expected, it is those times when you take the other’s hand as you walk to the grocery store, or that little hug as you greet new friends.

It also involves the willingness to compromise, to give in when you really know that it doesn’t really matter in the long run, or that you arrange for a special dinner or that you provide the warmth and understanding that is needed at times of frustration, sorrow or pain.

Each day we all can demonstrate what the true meaning of love is. It doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor, educated or not, where you live whether in a mansion or a tin roofed hut. The capacity to show love sees no bounds; sees no obstacles; and sees no selfishness. It is a love that is expressed even when you don’t feel you are capable.

The Word of God shows us the characteristics of real love:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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 13:4-13)

For you to show love,  you don´t have to be limited to a single day or action because it must be part of your lifestyle. Love is a powerful tool given by God for us to change our environment. Are you ready to use it?

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins”.
(1 Peter 4:8)

 

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