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Oh hey, love.

Hello again, dear friends.

Long time no see.

Well, technically I never see you…

Anyway. Moving on.

I hope you’ve all been doing great!

I’m back in society (aka I’m back on Facebook).

No, it’s not January…again, let’s move on.

I’m sure you’re all dying to know the answer to the question I had posted almost a month ago, so here it is:

Most people don’t know that I can…eat lemons like candy.

It’s true, folks. I love lemons. Lemonade is my favorite drink. I even had a dream recently about eating lemons. 

Now that we’re all caught up and you’re officially weirded out, I’ll for real move on.

This morning, Josh Groban was telling me his feelings about “when you say you love me.” It was very touching. Alright, technically he was singing his feelings. On the internet. And I just happened to be listening. But that’s simply a minor detail we can ignore. Anyway, I started thinking about the word “love.” Last night, my family read 1 Cor. 13–the beautiful description of love. When you look at that definition, the word “love” becomes pretty serious. Beyond all the lovie-dovie looks, fluffy feelings, and butterflies, love is serious. It’s hard. It takes work.

love.

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 in the truth

Love always protects

Always trusts

Always hopes

Always perseveres

Love never fails

love.

That list is pretty intense. I was thinking this morning about the implications of telling someone you love them. The implications of hearing someone say they love you.

Saying “I love you” to me means you’re promising to do all those things even when you don’t feel like it.

love.

Love is patientYou’re promising to be patient when I’m annoying

Love is kind: kind when I’m a brat

Love does not envy: content with me when others seem better

Love does not boasthumble when you’re dying to say “I told you so”

Love is not proudacknowledge that God gets the glory for your accomplishments

Love is not ruderespectful when I’m being ridiculously irrational

Love is not self-seekingput my needs ahead of your own

Love is not easily angered: stay calm when I mess up

Love keeps no record of wrongs: forgive and forget my mistakes instead of bringing them up to get the upper-hand

Love does not delight in evilflee from pornography and the sexual sins that are so prevalent in our culture

Love rejoices in the truthrun to God’s Word and find delight in spending time with Him

Love always protectsdefend me verbally and physically because you value my reputation

Love always trustsgive me the benefit of the doubt

Love always hopesinspire me to expect the best when I expect the worst

Love always perseveresfight for our marriage, knowing that God’s grace will sustain us

Love never fails.

love.

When I say “I love you” back, I’m promising to do all those things for you. 

I can’t imagine having a man love me enough to say that, mean it, and prove it.

But hey, I serve the God who “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” and even though I know myself well enough to admit that I can be impossible to love at times, my God also says that “nothing is impossible” with Him. 

So I look forward to one day hearing those words from a man after God’s own heart.

And being able to mean it when saying “I love you” back to him.

But until then, I’m so thankful that God said those words to me, meant them, and proved them.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, 
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

-John 3:16

love

God’s grace in my life today:

He continues to prove His love for me every day by pouring out grace, renewing His mercies for me every morning, and welcoming me as His daughter. He loves me and I know it. His love allows me to love Him back and love others.

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