Love is an action- not really just a feeling. It is something we choose to do, something we learn to feel. Probably honestly the number one issue that we can have in relationships in general. There are some people that maybe we choose not to love, maybe it just seems impossible. I have heard once that some people are our Sandpaper people. They are the ones that rub our edges and get them the way that God wants them so that we are how he wants us. Boy can I say they are hard to love at times. We do however have the choice to love them even if we don't always like them.
There is a huge difference.
We are commanded to love. In the bible it says, " Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and truth." 1 John 3:18.
In the light of this idea of making love an action we have to practice that idea to get better at it and have success with it.
The bible also says, "Dear friends, let us practice loving each other, for love comes from God and those who are loving and kind show that they are children of God, and that they are getting to know him better."1 John 4:7
Isn't that the truth though, you know those people that we all wish at times we could be. Always seem to do for others no matter who they are, they seem to treat people all the same, they have that glowing spirit that just beams out of them.
In regards to practicing love the bible also states, "Practice these things and devote yourself to them, in order that your progress may be seen by all." 1 Timothy 4:15
I would say the number one area that you might see this in my own life is with my children. I will always love them but sometimes my actions may not always show that. There are times where maybe I don't put my book down and focus on what they are saying- I half listen. Especially if it is my oldest talking about a video game- oh how that conversation goes on forever sometimes. Yet it is important to him so it should be important to me. SO I want to work on this week- listening to them a little more attentively to display my love to them.
As for my husband- he loves for me to scratch his back- I despise it- but all week I have been trying to think of him more than the fact that I think it is gross, and I know that I show how much I love him through this action, because it is something he really enjoys.
So what can you do with your actions to convey your love for your family this week?