A lesson about love…by Irene Renteria
The central theme of the Bible is Love. The Bible is both a love letter and a love story. It is about a holy creator who loved his creation so much, that he did not want to be separated from them, so he made a way to be reunited with them when there seemed to be no way. God sent Jesus, his only son to die on the cross for our sins.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Because of God’s unfailing love, Jesus became sin for us, so that through faith in him we can receive the free gift of salvation.
Love is a Verb
Love is an action, and it is one of the most important virtues of living an abundant life in Christ. The Bible teaches that God is Love (1 John 4:7-8). Love is not merely an emotion. It is an act of devotion and care. True devotion will always lead to loving behaviors. God wants us to share his love with everyone around us. He wants us to impart, compassionate love toward others.
One of the most cherished passages in the Bible is 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 which declares that “Love is patient and kind. It is not envious, boastful or proud. Love is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hope, always perseveres. Love never fails.
This verse describes the characteristics of true love. All of these qualities can be found within Jesus Christ, and they can also be found in healthy, loving relationships.
One way we can cultivate love is through planting a seed of kindness. One example I have witnessed in everyday life occurred while setting in line at Starbucks. It has happened to me on many occasions. Has it happened to you? I pull up to the drive-thru window and I find out that the person in front of me has paid for my cup of coffee, and in turn, I repeat the action by paying for the car behind me. The drive-thru cashiers I have spoken with have shared that once this paying for the person behind them begins, it continues for a long time, sometimes for hours.
This loving action benefits a stranger you have never met and sends the message that they matter. We have no idea the impact a small act of kindness can have on someone’s day or even someone’s life for that matter. Kindness is a selfless act of love, and the funny thing about it is that it benefits both the giver and the receiver.
“Every act of kindness is a piece of love we leave behind.” – Paul Williams
Irene Renteria, M.S.M.