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Real Love Looks Like What?

Happy almost February!  This is a month of love, but what is love?  Is it…you love me and I’ll love you? The world says follow your heart.  Or is it something deeper? Do we follow our heart or lead it? Do we live by emotions?

Real Love Looks Like What?

Loving isn’t always easy. We all want to be loved, but the hard work comes in loving others. We are called to love others.

The love we are able to show others is a result of  the love God showed us…

                                            We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

What wonderful true love He showed us! It makes our attempts to love seem feeble and we can only do it through Him.

What does love look like?

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. Love never fails.  

I Corinthians 13:4–8a 

Pretty straightforward, isn’t it?  But is it always easy to follow this standard set in scriptures?  No, it most certainly is not.

Life is not always pretty, people get ugly. We get ugly. Yet, we are called to love …

“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” Matthew 5:44

I don’t know about you, but I often find that incredibly difficult to do.  And we have had some pretty ugly stuff done to us this past few years. It is pretty easy to know who are enemies are and those that persecute us, but what about little things that get on our nerves or ugly things we do to one another…to those we love…in our own home?

We need to learn to love unconditionally and overlook some of the petty things that we allow to bother us and interefere with how we love others. Learn to lead your heart, not follow your heart.  The heart is very deceptive.

We need to learn to love as God loves us.  He gave the greatest gift of all when He gave His son as redemption for our sins.  Then, will be be able to follow the standard set in I Corinthians 13.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  John 15:13

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Mary Clendenin

About Mary Clendenin

Mary Clendenin lives on the family farm with her husband and 2 sons, whom she home schools. She enjoys farm life with her guys, gardening and making memories with her family. She loves to help others learn how to live a healthier lifestyle, learn about natural remedies and how to do business at home. Mary believes that home and family is your first ministry and a legacy that will live on long after you are gone.

4 Comments

  • I love your blog. It is like a breath of fresh air.

    My son is learning 1 Corinthians 13 at school right now. The application of the love verses are so much harder than it seems in the wedding ceremony. Thank you for such a thoughtful, encouraging post!

    Just stopping by to bring some link love. Stop by and return the love.

  • Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your heart. I’m here from the Alexa Hop! ;0)

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  • Becky wILLIAMS says:

    Wonderful post….love the specific scriptures you shared. And yes, it is hard to always love as Christ has loved us. But He is the example I want to follow. And He has given us His Word to encourage us and teach us. Thank you for the reminder today.

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