But God demonstrated his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
What does your love look like? Don’t just say, “I love well!” or “Those around me know how much I love them.” How do they know? How do you show it? How well does your love measure up to the love God has so freely and deeply given to you?
Really ask yourself; dig deep and look within your heart, look at your life and examine how you love. Is it selfish, demanding, and prideful? Do you love with the expectation of love in return? Do you give and whine when you get nothing in return, not even a thank you? Do you anger and keep track of all the wrongs done to you? Is your love foolish, does it give up easily, or walk away when things get tough? Does it doubt, cast blame, and live in fear?
God’s definition of love is beyond your capabilities!!! It is only when you understand the depth of his love for you, a lowly sinner, broken and torn, that you truly know what love is! It is only when you see the beauty of his grace, mercy, and forgiveness that you can freely and deeply love others.
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love,
I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have a faith that can move mountains,
but do not have love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,
but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8a