Happy Heart’s Day… Happy Love Day… Happy Valentine’s Day!!!
I’ve been reading a lot about what the word “love” means these past few days from IG captions, blogger’s posts, tweets, magazine articles, etc. What actually got my attention and almost shook me is what I learned from church a couple weeks ago.
During the Intentional Discipleship Conference at CCF Center two weeks ago, Josh McDowell gave a message on what love is. I feel like I’ve heard a number of pastors preach on what “love” is and means:
“God is love.”
“Love is not just a feeling.”
“We love because He first loved us.”
1 Corinthians 13.
And as much as those are all very true, what Josh said actually made more sense of what “to love” actually is.
So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. (Ephesians 5:28)
Not married? Me neither, but stay with me!
Give self-love first then love others. As Josh put it, it’s like putting your oxygen mask on first on an airplane. In order to help others you need to help yourself.
He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church… (Ephesians 5:29)
To nourish and cherish. Nourish, meaning to provide, and cherish, meaning to protect.
Love = protect and provide.
Nourish and cherish yourself; how you care (protect) yourself. That could be in the way you eat, what you watch, how you feed your brain, your associations, etc.
So refreshing to learn a whole new take on what “to love” is! Now, how to actually grow in nourishment and cherishing? He gave four examples:
- In wisdom
- In stature (physically)
So as you go about your Valentine’s Day with your loved one or significant other, ask yourself how you can protect and provide in ways that you may not have before. We know that love isn’t just a feeling. It goes beyond and deeper than that in our actual actions.
Hope you feel so loved today!