3.26.2016

Love


Love. What do you think of when you hear that word? Do you think of it as just a word...a feeling...an emotion. Or do you think of it as an action?

As Easter is tomorrow I thought I would do a post on love. Why love? Because without it Jesus never would have died for our sins...there would be no Easter. Love is a very important thing and something we all must do. It's a command given to us by our Savior. 

So what is the definition of love? Well, Dictionary.com has 20 definitions of love. The first one is a "a profoundly tender, passionate, affection for another". So that's (one of) their definitions...what is God's definition of love?

I think God's definition of love is in John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends". God says that love is a sacrifice. Love is often not easy...it takes time, patience, and Jesus in us to love the people God has placed in our life. It's easy to love those who love us...but it's hard to love those who show no love in response.

The world treats love very carelessly. It's just a choice...you can love...or you can hate. And to be honest most people don't care if they're loving or not. 

But as Christians, love is not really a choice. It's something we have to do...no matter how hard it is. If someone is annoying...you love them. If someone hurts you...you love them. If someone betrays you...you love them. The real test of Christians is not to love when it's easy, but to love when it's hard. When it hurts you to love. When it costs you something. That is true love. 

I want to challenge you all as we celebrate Jesus' love to think about how you are loving the people that are in your life. Your parents, your siblings, your friends, your teachers...everybody around you. Is your love for them costing you something? 

    
"For love to be real
it must COST
it must HURT
it must EMPTY us of self"
--Mother Teresa


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What is your view of love? Will you take the challenge to love more this Easter? This is really what Easter is all about. Jesus loving us so much that he lay down His life for us. There is no greater love!  

12 comments:

  1. Wonderful post, Hannah!

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  2. This is beautiful, Hannah! I agree, LOVE is really what Easter is all about.

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    1. Thank you so much, Savannah! Yes, Love was and is what Easter is all about!

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  3. Wow...such a good Easter reminder! It's very hard to love those that bother you...but it's also so important! Starting with your family will really help in the future when you have kids/spouse! Thank you Hannah!! I am going to share this post on my Google+! =)

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    1. Aw, thank you so much Hosanna!! Yes, it is so easy to love people who are warm and friendly, but so hard to love people who are cold and mean. /: And yes, it is wonderful to practice on our families! Especially if you have a bunch of siblings like we do. =) Thank you for commenting! >3

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  4. Beautiful post! This reminds me of Luke 6:27-36, especially verse 32 which says: "But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same."
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this!

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    1. Thank you so much, Hannah!! Yes, that is such an amazing verse and SO true...thank you for commenting! I really loved your blog post on joy!

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  5. Josiah KonsavageMarch 27, 2016

    That is definitely a great thing to remember during the Easter season and as our lives as Christians!! Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for reading it!

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  6. Very true, Hannah! It's a great thing to remember in a very un-loving world. :D
    Happy Easter!
    Thanks for stopping by @ Scattered Journal Pages!

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    1. Thank you, Amanda!! Happy Easter to you as well! (a day late) :)

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