So many times in our lives we find ourselves saying “This is True Love“.
We often say this when we find that one person who really makes us tick and who truly treats us like we have never been treated in our lives.
Strange enough we never say “this is true love” when our friends give us the last $10.00 they have in their pocket nor when our friend lends us their vehicle and then have to do without for a whole week. We never say “this is true love” when our friend stays on the phone with you for the entire night to help you through a rough patch.
How is true love defined?
Romans 12 gives us some information that would help us answer this question.
Beginning at verse 10, true love means:
- Being kind to your neighbors (not just your significant other)
- Blessing those who persecute you (No matter what persons around us do to us, we are called to love them and treat them well. Some intentionally try to upset you, but your response is to simply bless them)
- Being there for other at all times
- Sharing emotional situations with others (Rejoicing with them with they rejoice and holding their hand when they crying)
- Living peacefully with all
- Taking care of your enemies no matter what they have done (when they are hungry, feed them and when they are thirsty, give them something to drink)
See the verses below:
10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.