“Most of all, love each other steadily and unselfishly, because love makes up for many faults.” 1 Peter 4:8
God’s word describes love in a way that we can act on. It’s different than our culture looks at love. It’s strong and vibrant and selfless. It’s a mighty force to be reckoned with. Yet it is kind and gentle. I have found that it melts even the toughest and thickest walls around a heart. It is calm in a storm. It is peace in conflict. It is non-defensive in times of insecurity. It is confident and bold. I have really had to look at these principles in order to understand how to love in a healthy way. Loving without an expectation or outcome in mind. Not using it as a negotiation tool. It is generous without expecting anything in return. It is not used as a price of favor. For me, the perfect expression of love only exists in God. Everything else is a counterfeit. Counterfeit dilutes the truth. True love died on the cross for our sins, whether we accept it or not. This Love is ours for the taking, anytime anyplace.
1 Corinthians 13