Wednesday, August 09, 2006
The gift of Love
This Sunset reminds me of God's love for us
While We Were Still Sinners, Christ Died for us.
Today I was reminded of what love really is. It is giving of ourselves for someone else. God showed us this example when He gave His only Son as a sacrifice for our sins.
A good friend of mine has been trying for the past month to take me out for my birthday. I had no idea what she was planning. We had a day scheduled last month but I cancelled due to my husband taking the day off.
It finally happened today. I got up this morning and was suppose to meet her at her house at 9:00 a.m. I had "NO" idea where we were going. I didn't know how to dress, how to do my hair. I was pretty sure at 9:00 a.m. it wouldn't be to fancy. I dressed in a cream colored skort with a silky black shirt. I put my hair up in a clip. I thought I look casual, good for any setting.
I got to my friends house and she was already in her car. We drove into town, to the salon my daughter works at. I was pampered with a pedicure and a manicure. I have never had either; it was really a lovely morning. After that, we went to breakfast. I felt much love today!
My friend was on vacation from her job and had tons to do, but she gave me a whole morning so I would feel special. For me it wasn't the fact that she spent her money on me. It was the time that she sacrificed for me; it was the giving of herself. That is love!!!
I am not a material person; I could careless if I have a fancy car to drive. I am blessed if I get up and it starts and makes me through my day. I'm not into jewelry, if I get it I wear it, but it is not something I have to have. I love the simple gifts, the simple acts of love. How often do we sacrifice for other people?
I love the gifts my children make me at school. They come home hiding it from me so I don't see it until they want me to. Half the time I haven't a clue what it is, but they took their time out of their day to think of me. They sacrificed their time at school to draw me a picture or write me a poem. I love those gifts!!!
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
—1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
—1 John 4:7-12