I’m sure we are all well acquainted with the awesome hit song by Labrinth – “EXPRESS yourself!” It’s a song that ignites feelings of liberty and self-empowerment and it’s just a sweet sounding tune in general!
Now I’m going to take this phrase and extend it to…LOVE! Yes I said it. I’m going to talk about expressive love, because I feel like it is something that is vacant from time to time. I was reading 1 John 3:18 in the bible and it said this, “…dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” It talks about “love” not just being a word that’s tossed about at your leisure or to manipulate or pacify people but rather a verb. An active movement. Our words aligned with consistent actions can demonstrate powerful love. Giving people our time/attention/respect/words all reflects love. And it’s just going that extra mile to let that person you care about know they’re loved by you.
Did you know…
Love has a personality? What’s your love personality like?
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Would you say you demonstrate love like this? Would you like to?
I know it’s not always easy to love people. People can be annoying and smelly. Lol. We don’t always feel like it but love is a choice. A decision to love someone despite their flaws because we humans are all different shades of imperfection! No-one is more deserving of love than another. There should be no hierarchy.
How would the world be if we intentionally loved others…?
Will you change how you love today?
For all I know, you may already be doing this! If so…keep it up buddy! If you struggle with this like we all do occasionally, just think about how you would want to be loved and extend that grace to others too. Let active love become your normal way of loving today. 🙂