1 Corinthians 13:4 (ESV)
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
We live in a world that gives us all kinds of messages about what true love is. The TV shows, movies and books we read all portray love in so many different ways. Sometimes with all the different portrayals of love, it’s hard to really determine what true love is. Let’s take a look at three things true love is.
1. True love looks out for the best interests of the other person – This means thinking about what is best for the other person. Many times, dating relationships are centered around selfish motives. For example, someone might date the starting quarterback in high school because it helps their popularity, or it makes them look good. This isn’t true love because true love looks out for what is best for the other person. True love puts its own best interests on the back shelf and is looking out for the needs and interests of the other person.
2. True love is based on friendship NOT the physical – a relationship based on the physical stuff won’t last. Any relationship should focus on getting to know the other person long before the physical comes into play. That’s why God asks us to wait to have sex before marriage. Its one of the best ways to make sure your relationship will last, because it is based on something deeper than just the physical. Physical attraction isn’t a good judge of love. Attraction can fade, but a relationship built on a solid foundation of friendship will be much more likely to succeed.
3. True love has its foundation in Jesus – The most important thing in a relationship is the other person’s feelings toward Jesus. If the person you’re dating doesn’t love Jesus like you do, run away from the relationship. It is never a good decision to become involved with someone that doesn’t love God like you do. This will set you up for lots of heartache in the future.
The Bible gives us the best picture of what true love is. If you want to really understand what true love is, you will find it by reading your Bible. A good place to start is by reading 1 Corinthians 13, which talks a lot about what love looks like.
Dear Lord, we thank You for setting up a picture of what true love is in Your word. Help us be an example of true love to others and to let Your love shine through us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.