by Meg@bluffparkbaptist.org | Thursday, February 18, 2016
At the end of the half-time show for this year’s Super Bowl a large portion of the crowd in the stands held up colored cards that, when read from across the stadium read “Believe in Love”. Nice, huh? What a wonderful sentiment. We can all just believe in love and its all unicorns and rainbows. People get along together, there are no more wars, no more racial divisions, and no more children hurting. So let’s just all believe in love.
I do believe in love. But I also believe in hate. I believe in anger, jealously, greed, lust, envy, and selfishness. They all exist and they are all evident in the world today. Do you want a platitude that actually means something and will make a difference in the world? It should have read “practice love”. Put love into action….whether you feel like it or not. You see, for love to actually accomplish something it has to be more than just a feeling; a fuzzy emotion.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV) says: “ 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.” When we read that we view it as a description or definition of real love. It is that. But it is more.
It is instructions on how to put love into action. Do you really love someone? Then be patient with them. Be kind to them. Protect and trust them. Want the best, forget the past. Rejoice in good things and do not delight when bad things happen. Whether you are talking about marital, romantic love or love for your neighbor, the principle is the same. You may not fell all warm and fuzzy about someone…but do those things anyway.
Honestly, I don’t like everyone I meet. That’s OK. God never tells me to like everyone; that would be impossible. There are some attitudes, actions, and behaviors that I just do not like in a person. But he does tell me to love everyone I meet. And to make that relationship work he tells me in those verses how to treat them. And that, Christian, makes all the difference in the world.
Say something good about your Savior and about His church here in Bluff Park.