Let’s be honest, defining love is not easy. Don’t believe me? Stop reading for a moment, turn to someone, or if you are by yourself, call someone and define love to them. Go ahead, I will wait…
It wasn’t that easy was it? Let me help you. Here are some ways some pretty wise kids explained love.
– Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.
– Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.
– When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend down to paint her toe-nails anymore so my grandfather does it for her, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.
Did you notice a common theme? They all involve some sort of action. I guess that shouldn’t surprise me. After all, time and time again we see love in the Bible defined by action and not by feelings or emotions. Think about it. How did God love? He gave His only Son. How did Jesus love? He emptied Himself and became one of us…
Jesus tells us that the world will know we are His followers not by our words and not by our sermons. They will know by how we love. They will know by how we treat the least of these. Love is humbling yourself. Love is thinking of others more than yourself. Love is giving yourself.
That is love and it is hard! That is love and it is messy! But as a Church that is how we are called to live. And the world is watching us now more than ever. Will we Express Love? Or will we simply be a resounding gong or a clanging symbol?