The one about…Love

So at tots we thought about love. Someone once said to me that love is a verb(so I had to double check with my year 2 exactly what a verb is)…a “doing” word!

Thing is we talk about love as though it’s a feeling – the problem with feelings is that well, at worst they can lie but often they’re just simply unreliable…dependant on the amount of sleep had or food eaten or the last interaction experienced. We carry so many feelings into any given moments it’s sometimes hard to know how we really feel!

But if love is a verb then the feelings involved actually become less significant, there’s an awesome bit of bible, often read a weddings…

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

They’re all active doing descriptions, patient, kind, hopeful, trusting…they all require something of us, something we do not just feel and something we do, not just for others but for ourselves too(the bible also talks about loving our neighbour as ourselves!)

So if we really thought love was a verb could it change how we live?!

One thought on “The one about…Love

  1. Someone once asked me to replace ‘love’ in that verse for my name. So it would read Stacey is patient, Stacey is kind, Stacey does not envy, Stacey does not boast, she is not proud…. etc. It is really quite powerful when you do that, while I am some of those things, kind maybe there are a lot of things I am not. That is why I need God’s grace in my life.. but perhaps it’s not a bad place to start with that ‘doing word’ Love. Maybe I could try and be what the verse says in my relationships and places of praise and work. Who knows how powerful we could be as Christians and as a society if this was how we acted toward love. Just some thoughts.. xx


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