It's Valentine's Day!! So many times we let this one day out of the year define our relationship. It was just a couple of short months ago we celebrated Christmas and the 2nd most popular end-all-be-all relationship defining holiday known to all woman-kind.
If my guy doesn't get me this and this and this then he will be in big trouble. If my guy doesn't buy me roses he will be in the dog house for the rest of the month. If my guy doesn't propose on Valentine's Day it's over. He better not get me those cheap-o chocolates he got me last year, or else!
How many times have we heard things just like this? Or . . .oh dear . . . SAID these things ourselves?
If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
1 Corinthians 13:3-7
This is real love. Measure your relationship to this standard. Does your relationship have these qualities or is it the exact opposite? Are you keeping score against your husband? Keeping a list of wrongs against him? Do you fly off the handle and call it PMS? Do you put YOUR needs ahead of your husband's? Are you unsatisfied always wanting more? Do you only see the worst in your husband instead of the good?
All the hearts and flowers and candy in the world can't replace real love. We truly need to examine our own hearts and see the real love in our relationships.
Would you rather have roses . . . or THIS kind of love?
Hoping you have a happy Valentine's Day . . . but more importantly you have "real love". The love that can only come from Jesus Christ.