“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 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.
Father, thank you for showing me such a selfless, divine, perfect love. Teach me how to love like You do.