Valentine's Day is in five days and for many in our world it is the quintessential love holiday. Last minute flowers and chocolates are bought, jewelry sales soar and everyone is out and about to prove their love.
Unfortunately it isn't love that they're chasing but romance and affection. Both of which are awesome but they shouldn't be confused with love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says,
"Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails..."
Love is not something that can be proven in a hastily bought gift on a man made holiday. Love is grown and shown over and over. 1 Cor. 13:4 says love suffers long.
When chasing love we must make sure that we are focused on the right thing. If you replace your name with love in the above verses you'll be better able to see if you're truly chasing love.
Chasing love will be a daily practice that will simply be made manifest on special holidays not proven by them. As we seek to chase love in our marriage we can be like the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 when it says she does her husband good and not evil all of the days of her life.
As we chase love with our children we can emulate her as it says in Proverbs 31:15 21,26-27, "She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household..." "She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household is clothed with scarlet." "She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness."
As we chase love in all of our relationships let us be mindful of God's love for us, Who loved us even when we were His enemies. Who forgives and is merciful toward us, long suffering and kind.
Next week we'll continue our series on chasing. How will you chase love this week? Let me know on the Facebook page!