People these days have all the wrong ideas about love.
They think it's something that can be fallen into, jumped into, created, or even bought.
They think love is a feeling, a mushiness around your heart slowly melts away like snow.
They think love is lust, passion that burns hot, then fades to ashes.
They think love doesn't exist, that its a word used to manipulate others.
They think love is an idea for those living in a fantasy land.
They think love is overrated.
Well. I'm here to tell you they are wrong. Love isn't selfish, it's selfless. Love isn't a feeling, it's an action. Love exists, because God IS love, and He is everywhere. Love isn't lust, because when one person truly loves another, they want what's best for the other person. Love can't be overrated, because it's one of the most powerful forces on earth.
Love fights for what is right, but never judges.
Love gives, but doesn't expect payment or returned favors.
Love speaks the truth, but without cruelty or malice.
Love can melt hearts, mold souls, and change lives.
So on this Valentines Day of 2012, remember that the point of love isn't chocolate, roses, and teddy bears because love is much BIGGER than that. It's a force that can change your life, and the lives of others. So spill out your love today and be a force for good!
And never forget, the ultimate expression of love, which was the death of Christ on the cross, where he bore the sins of the WORLD. The world. All the sins of all time that anyone ever commited, in thought, word, or deed. Can you even imagine the pain he endured? Everyone always emphasizes the physical pain Jesus endured. But can you even imagine what He was going through mentally and emotionally? God Incarnate, covered in the filth of humanity, so drenched in the sins of man that the Father, a part of Him, a part of the Trinity, turned His face away from Him. I couldn't imagine anyone having to deal with that kind of pain. And He was completely blameless. Utterly. All for us.
And half of the time, we forget about it completely. We forget to thank Him for what He did for us.
So I propose, that this Valentines Day, we remember who taught us what love meant in the first place.