“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:2-3
Love is about doing something. Love is an action. In today’s society I think we get love mixed up with emotions. When you love someone, yes, there are emotions that God gives us. Those butterflies, those goosebumps that overcome us. But, long after those go away, you still have to be committed to that person.
The verse above says to do nothing from conceit. Conceit is a high opinion of oneself and one’s worth or abilities. It comes back to pride. Humility and love go hand in hand. The verse above tells us how to love someone; “Count others more significant then yourselves.” Wow! Putting others before your self. You love someone when you put their needs ahead of yours. When you sacrifice your time, effort, money, satisfaction for another.
I heard a great quote the other day by M. Scott Peck; “The opposite of love is lazy.” That’s great. Most people think that the opposite of love is hate. Love is a verb. And we prove that we really don’t love when we choose to not do the work that love requires.
Many people get unsatisfied in their marriages. They say “I’m not happy anymore!” But happiness is not a requirement. Happiness is a result. Your marriage is only going to be as good as the work you put into it. You know, when you where “madly in love” with them because you were constantly trying to think of ways to please them and put them before you!
The same thing is true when it comes to our relationship with God. Don’t say that you aren’t hearing from God if your Bible is closed. Spending time with God in His Word and in prayer is essential for a growing, thriving relationship with God!
It’s so easy to let our hobbies get in the way of what’s most important in life; our relationship with God, our spouses, and our families. But we must not be lazy when it comes to what’s most important in life. Sometimes we have to put our own interests aside and focus in on the interest of others. THAT’S LOVE! Putting others first.
Let me ask you a tough question: How are your relationships? With God? With your spouse? With your children? With your parents? With your siblings?
Let me ask another question: What can you do to make your relationships better? How can you show those important people in your life that you love them? Remember love is an action. Love someone today!