What’s love got to do with it?
I have to sometimes wonder if this “love” word isn’t a bit overused in our vocabulary. I have even found myself in the same paragraph telling a friend I love them only to turn right around and profess my love for peanut butter n chip ice cream or mashed potatoes or a certain movie (Pride and Prejudice). With all of this “love” floating around, I want to be extra careful to not lose the true meaning. We can certainly enjoy and appreciate “things,” but to love someone is to put ourselves aside in order to do what is best for our beloved. The Bible says it like this in John 15:12-13 (KJV):
- 12This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Now that is love. What does laying down our life for a friend or loved one look like? I mean there is always the literal sense, but to lay down my life would be to think and act more out of a motive to serve another person’s needs and wants than to be so concerned about serving my own needs and wants. Now, that is laying down our lives. The Word says that if we lose our lives, it is then that we will actually find life. (Matt. 10:39)