God’s desire is to see you and I grow and increase in every area of our lives. He especially wants us to grow in the area of our love for others. That’s because love is the greatest thing there is and it is all that really matters when it comes to eternity. At the end of the day, at the end of our lives here on earth, love is what will last forever.
2 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV)
3 We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.
In this verse, it is telling us that love and faith are connected. You can’t have one without the other. It is saying that faith works by love. Love isn’t really about feelings and emotions. Love is about the choice to treat people the way God tells us to in His Word. The more we know Him, the more we know His Word by reading the Bible, the more we will walk in love.
I think the biggest reason that divorce is such a prevalent thing today is because people don’t have a clear idea of what love really is. People are basing their love for the person they marry on their feelings and emotions. Living off of your feelings and emotions will not sustain you when the tough times come. Feelings and emotions head south in tough times and if your love is based on those things, your love will head south with them. Then there is nothing left to sustain the marriage and it often results in the end of the marriage. I have seen it happen first-hand.
Instead of feelings and emotions, we need to have a love like the one that God shows to us. It is a love that forgives. It is a love that will always be there in the good and bad times; when things are great and when things are tough. It is a love based on what I can do for you and is not dependent on what you do for me. A love seen on those terms will stand the test of time and last a lifetime.
My hope for each and every one of you is that your love will continue to grow and build a solid foundation for your faith. Take at least a few minutes each day to read your Bible. It is the greatest love story ever written. God has filled it’s pages with so many examples of what real love looks like. Through your connection with God, you will be strengthened in all of your relationships as you move forward into the life of blessing that God has in store for you.