Quote of the Week: Valentine’s Day & Love Edition
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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 Cor. 13:4-8a
Today, all over the country and some parts of the world, people are taking the time to celebrate love and affection. The days leading up to Valentine’s Day tend to generate mixed feelings about it’s importance. Those in relationships spend time buying gifts or trying to come up with the perfect plans for that special person in their life. For those who aren’t in a relationship, this day has been coined by some as “Single Awareness Day”. I’ve noticed as I grow older, that there is a lot of backlash against Valentine’s Day for no reason at all; hating Valentine’s Day has become almost as popular as celebrating it. When we were children we looked forward to Valentine’s Day. Each year we would go out and buy cards for everyone in our classroom (sometimes setting aside one for someone we had a crush on). On occasion, we would make cards for our parents or members of our family with hopes of putting a smile on their face…. where has all the love gone?
I can understand some of the reasons people detest Valentine’s Day, especially if you’re single. People always mention the fact that we should celebrate love everyday and there’s no need to set aside a day for it. And, like most holidays it has become so commercialized that it’s perceived as another day for consumers to spend money. However, we don’t seem to have the same mentality when it comes to Mother’s/Father’s Day. We should celebrate life every morning that God wakes us up, but we go out of our way to celebrate our birthday each year. Now, I admit to adding fuel to the anti-Valentine’s Day fire in the past. This year, I refuse to do so. Instead, let’s take the time to celebrate and spread love to those who are important to us (and those who aren’t).
Unfortunately, a lot of people will never get a chance to experience true love (which I believe is well defined in the quote above). We have to make a choice to love and be loved. A lot of things prevent us from experiencing true love. I would attribute this mainly to a lack of understanding and fear. A lot of people don’t have a clear understanding on the nature of love. We were created by God to be lovers. There are several Greek words for love: Agape love which is a sacrificial love; another being Philia which is an affection, approval, or friendship kind of love; and lastly there is Eros which is where we get the idea of physical or passionate love. I’m of the belief that if we strive for and seek agape love first, the others will follow. A few years ago I came to the realization that I want the woman I end up with to love God more than she loves me. I want her to share a common understanding of the nature of God, which is love. His love is absolute and there are no limitations/conditions. It’s about loving God, than loving others as yourself.
A lot of people fear love because it causes them to change the core of who they are. It’s easier to stay the same and forgo any type of self-evaluation. Some are too stubborn to believe they need to change (which is why I said it’s a choice above), while others don’t see it as a priority. What we sometimes fail to realize is that our reason for being, is not about us. We should be striving to live a selfless life and you cannot truly love somebody you do not give yourself away to. This is not something that will happen over night, which is why we should be constantly striving to make ourselves better with each passing day (See: this previous QOTW). This week I challenge you to question your beliefs about love, develop a clear definition, and as apply it to your life.
Happy Valentine’s Day from The Truth Renaissance!
Perviously: Quote of the Week
Hit the jump for one of my favorite songs on the subject of love…
Music Soulchild x “Love”