Recently, I read an article about love and thought I’d share some of its points. The article was from a March 2006 issue of the Awake! Magazine. It started off this way: “It is natural and proper to care about how we look, but beauty—which is temporary at best—is not the cement of lasting bonds. Neither is wealth. What does help is showing unselfish love to others. “Practice giving, and people will give to you,” Jesus taught. (Luke 6:38) Simply put, if you want to be loved, show love.”
In the world we live in today most guys will only go for the prettiest girl in the room, or the pretty girl with a big butt, and most girls will go for the tall guy with muscles, or the tall guy with a nice car. Will any of this last? Even if it does, is this the foundation of real, lasting love? I don’t think so.
The article continues with the biblical definition of love: “love is dynamic, that it is defined, not by emotions, but primarily by what it does for others and by what it refrains from doing. Note Paul’s words: “Love is long-suffering and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, does not get puffed up, does not behave indecently, does not look for its own interests, does not become provoked. It does not keep account of the injury. It does not rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”—1 Corinthians 13:4-7.”
Based on that definition, love requires effort on our part. The article continues “How do you feel when someone is kind to you or when he or she accepts you despite the little irritating things you may say or do? Are you not drawn to a person who is sincerely concerned about you, who is not easily angered, and who is forgiving and truthful even when forgiveness and honesty are not easy? So, act that way toward others. Jesus said: “All things, therefore, that you want men to do to you, you also must likewise do to them.” (Matthew 7:12) It is not always easy to show love, yet the effort is worth it. For one thing, you will be more loved by your family, friends, marriage mate, or prospective marriage mate. Also, you will experience happiness in doing the right thing, in giving of yourself for others. Yes, “there is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.”—Acts 20:35.”
This article definitely helped me to focus on how I can change my attitude to be a more loving person so I couldn’t wait to spread the love. Have a great week!