Love Is…

If I asked you to pick a word that is frequently misused, what word would you pick?

I’m sure there are several good options out there. A few that come to the top of my mind are busy, tired, poor, and hate. All are words that I know I use way too often, generally as an excuse or to make myself look or feel better about something.

But I can’t help but think of a different word… love.

Love is

We throw this word around so flippantly. We say it loosely, cheaply, and our definition of what love really is, is so far removed from truth. I have found myself wrestling with this word lately and what true love looks like. But every single time my heart is pulled to this.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. ~ 1 Corinthians 13 4-8

This, this is love. 
I want to love like this and so often I fail.

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I lose my temper, I grow resentful, I have little to no patience.
I love selfishly, but expect others to love me perfectly.

Love isn’t about becoming a door mat, it isn’t sarcastic, it stands up for what is right. Love doesn’t always look the way we want it to. Love is far from easy and on this earth, love will always be tainted by sin. Try as we may we will never achieve perfect love.

There was only one man who loved perfectly and he died for us.

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5:8 ESV

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  • Amy Smith

    I nodded in agreement throughout this whole post. I know how hard it must have been for you to write this & I’m so proud of you.

    • Thank you so much Amy. That means so much to me.

  • We all fail. Greatly at this. Yet, because we have Jesus in our life, we can only strive moment by moment to love like He does. Thankful for your heart Beth. Thankful for your ability to bless others while your own heart is mending. I do hope you will link this to my party today for Thankful Heart.

    • :’) Your words so often speak to my heart. Thank you so much and thank you for sharing my post yesterday.

  • 1st Corinthians is one of my very faves. Another thought provoking post!

  • Yes… such a misused word… 1 Corinthians 13 is the perfect reminder. Thinking of you, friend!

  • Such powerful words, Beth. And that is my very favorite reading of all time. We used it for the second reading at our wedding so it will always hold a special place in my heart.

    • The words in that passage are SO powerful and such a beautiful reminder. I can see why you chose it. Thank you.

  • chall1018

    Friend!!! This. All of this. Great post. And as I am reading this “Amazing Love (You Are My King)” popped into my head.

    Amazing love, how can it be?
    That you, my king. would die for me
    Amazing love, I know it’s true
    Its my joy to honor you

    • It is SO amazing. I am so glad that song popped into your head and that you shared that with me. Big hugs.

      • chall1018

        Hugs right back!

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    Yes. This ‘I love selfishly, but expect others to love me perfectly.’ resonated with me. Perfectly worded, friend. Thank you for the wonderful reminder!

  • Is it cheap to say I love this? 😉 You have such a way with words, Beth. Thank you for sharing.

    • Baha ha! Oh my goodness you are the best. Thank you friend.

  • Such a powerful post! Thank you for sharing!

  • Can I say that I love this? XOXO

  • As always you bring such insight to things. Even a 4 letter word like LOVE.

    • Thanks friend. It’s amazing how easy it is to write about something when it weighs heavy on your heart.

  • Whitney Jordan

    I love that you personalized this verse for yourself. It’s hanging in our bathroom and I read it often. It’s a convicting one that I need reminded of often 🙂

    • Oh me too. I should really put it in our school room somewhere. I bet the girls and I could both benefit from it.