Love. We fall in. We grow in. We give. We receive. There’s many good things in the world but 1 Corinthians tells us the greatest is… love. The church tells us to walk in love. Our moms tell us to love our siblings. Love and marriage go together, well, like a horse and carriage. We all know love isn’t just a feeling. DC Talk taught us that love is a verb and Heidi Baker taught us that ‘love looks like something’. But honestly, what does it mean to love?
Reading in Philippians 2 this morning, I found some practical instruction. I checked several translations and borrowed from them all.
- Don’t let selfishness and prideful agenda take over.
- Embrace true humility.
- Be deep-spirited friends.
- Don’t push your way to the front.
- Look out for the interests of others.
- Don’t sweet-talk your way to the top.
- Put yourself aside and help others get ahead.
- Be sincere.
- Think of others as better than yourselves.
- Don’t try to impress others.
- Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
On paper these are easy, in reality though, this is going to take some work. But I love that in verse 13 of Philippians 2, there’s a promise of help, “God is energizing you so that you will desire and do what always pleases Him.” As we turn the page into 2014, let’s learn to let LOVE reign in our hearts and in our lives!