To Be: Loving

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Loving: 1. Feeling love; affectionate. 2. Indicative of or exhibiting love.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)
It’s that time of year when young and old alike use everything from roses to macaroni art to share the love. And we who know and love the One who created love, and is love, and performed the greatest act of unconditional, sacrificial love should be the most loving people of all, right?

Well . . .

Okay, sometimes it’s not so easy to be loving. We get busy, and bruised, and grumpy. So it’s great when cupid wings his way into town to remind us to share the love and pass the chocolates. And it’s even more wonderful when our Heavenly Father whispers his unfathomable love to us in his Words, with his creation, through his followers, in personal messages spoken right to our heart.

And when we take time to soak in his love, the overflow can’t help but splash out on the folks around us. Bringing us joy, making God smile, blessing others’ hearts, and inspiring jealousy in one bow-and-arrow toting baby.
Ways to be more loving:

1. Buy a pack of store-bought Valentines and give them ALL away to friends, family, and coworkers.

2. Think of what truly communicates love to your husband—time, touch, gifts, etc.—and find a way this week to speak his unique love language to him.

3. Think of someone who might feel a bit lonely or left out this Valentine’s Day (that widower next door, your single friend) and bake him or her a batch of brownies.

4. Read through Psalm 139 for a reminder of how very much your Heavenly Father loves you.

5. If you’ve been running too ragged of late, find some time this week for a little self-love: a pedicure, a new book from Borders, an extra hour or two of babysitting so you can shop or lunch with a friend or nap.

6. If you have kids, gather some old magazines and other craft supplies and make Valentines for God—expressing your love for Abba Father.

7. Matthew 5:43-48 calls Christians to love not just the lovable, but those we might consider enemies. Read this passage, think about someone you consider an enemy or unlovable, and pray for opportunities to express godly love for them in the week

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