Love is something special that can be seen and not just felt. It can be seen in the fruit of the Holy Spirit that works in our daily lives, in our behavior and how we treat others we come in contact with. Love has a vast variety of facets, or different ways in which we can see it. For instance, when a diamond ring is held up to the light, we can see it sparkle in many different ways depending on which way it is turned in the light. Love can also sparkle in a lot of different ways. It all depends on how we look at it.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 shows us examples of the many looks of love:
Love endures long, it has the ability to put up with stuff for a very long time.
Love is never envious. It doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love is not boastful or vain glorious, it doesn’t call attention to itself.
Love is not conceited or rude.
Love doesn’t insist on its own way.
Love pays no attention to a suffered wrong.
Love never gives up!
Christ reminds us however, there are only a few ways that we are supposed to love others…and it’s also the way that God loves us. 1 John 4:8 puts it as simple as it can get, “God is love.” He loves us and He has saved us, so now we too can share His love with others.
In order to be able to imitate God, we need to look at Jesus, He is the ultimate and perfect representation of God who lived out all of the descriptions of love in 1 Corinthians 13. He has always acted in love in each and every situation He ever faced while on this earth and continues to do each and every day of our lives. This means even when people opposed Him and stood against Him.
Colossians 3:12-14 says that we are to “clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones. And put on love.” So, like Jesus we need to clothe ourselves in love and make the choice to follow His perfect example and we will bring both honor and glory to our God.
God, You have shown me what love is like by loving me first. Help me to follow the example of Jesus and live out all the facets of love in my day to day life.