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Loving One Another is More Than Just One Day

Just One Day

Once a year, Valentine’s Day is celebrated by couples around the world. Husbands, wives, girlfriends, and boyfriends rush out to see if they can find the perfect gift for their loved one.

The perfect gift might be a beautiful necklace with diamonds that shimmer in the sun. Or, the gift might be a brand-new wallet that is unique to their style and has a sweet message reading: I love you to the moon and back on the inside. Each gift that is given on Valentine’s Day is to show how much we are loved, appreciated, and cared for by those around us.

Though, the gifts of love, kindness, and care should always be given freely whether they are complete strangers standing right next to us or our significant other we’ve been married to for 40 years. Love shouldn’t just be celebrated on one day of each year, and it shouldn’t come with a price tag either.

The True Meaning of Love

When I was first writing this article, I took time to dive deep into the true meaning and definitions of love. In today’s world, there are so many meanings to love that the true meaning of it is so unclear anymore.

Looking at the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, love is defined as being a “warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion.” Another definition says love is, “unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another: such as the fatherly concern of God for humankind or a brotherly concern for others.”

The definition that really stands out to me the most is the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of others around us. Truly, love is not just expressing affection to those we love. It is also expressing care, kindness, and respect for random strangers and acquaintances we come across in our daily journeys of life. It is doing good and being good to other human beings.

The dictionary may be a good place to search for a definition, but I believe the main source to visit is the Bible itself in order to truly understand what love looks like. Fortunately, there are plenty of verses in the Bible that talk about love because God is love. The Bible talks about God’s incredible love for us, but also what type of love we are capable of showing to others around us as well.

If you are familiar with the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 is famous for defining the importance of love and what love truly is.

The New Living Translation (NLT) reads, “If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;[a] but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”

To me, it is honestly incredible how much Paul, the writer of this text, emphasizes how important love truly is. Whether we are believers of God or not, it is truly important to love those around us.

Love is one of the strongest actions we are capable of showing as human beings. If we don’t show love at all, then we truly gain nothing in this life. This is what Paul is trying to teach us here in 1 Corinthians.

Now, this does not mean that we have to carry a conversation with each person we meet. It does not mean that we give our money away to the poor or sacrifice ourselves for someone we love. Paul is simply asking us to put others first before ourselves, forgive those who have hurt us, be humble, and be kind to others each day.

Love is not necessarily just on Valentine’s Day when we get to go out for a nice, fancy dinner and receive a thoughtful, sweet gift. It should be every day when we have the opportunity to express it.

Today and always, I encourage you to think about how you can personally continue to show love to others around you. This world needs more love, kindness, and care.

I challenge you to open a door for an elderly person, when you are walking into your next appointment, or give a small portion of your food you just ordered at the drive through to the homeless person standing and waiting for help.

Doing small acts of love and kindness such as this can make such a positive, uplifting impact in the community. Starting with just one person like you or I, can set a beautiful, blazing fire so bright that it won’t be able to be contained. And the truth is, when that love is not able to be contained any longer, you’ll know that it has finally set you free. You’ll know then that it is not just one day, but all day every day that we are capable of showing and giving love to others.

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