Valentine’s Day is approaching. I know this because the shelves in stores are full of heart -shaped candy and giant Valentine’s Day cards. Even the red roses are overflowing their bins in the grocery stores. Don’t get me wrong, I love Valentine’s Day, but I think we forget what true love really is. Sweet love notes, flowers, and romantic dates are wonderful gestures but that is not what true love looks like.
Love is helping your wife get through the “baby blues” and staying up all night with the newborn so she can sleep. Love is putting your spouses needs before your own. Love is forgiving freely and loving unconditionally. Love is supporting your spouse even if they are on the losing side. Love is weathering every storm together. Love is praying for them and encouraging them.
I often think about where I would be if I wouldn’t have married my husband. He has been with me through a lot already and we haven’t even been married two years yet. From shedding countless tears on his shoulder to adjusting to life with a new baby he has stood beside me, and I him, through the ups and downs of our life together. If God would not have sent me the wonderful, godly man he did, I would be a very miserable woman! Thankfully, I waited and he sent me the B E S T man for me.
True love is worth waiting for.
I Corinthians 13
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.