LOVE. This word is almost everyone’s pick. Sometimes, aren’t we just steered to be in love with love?
But what does love really say? I mean… real love. Every so often, some people confuse love with pure intimacy. When the closeness fades, they tend to be missing. When the attachment fails, they weaken. And when their hearts are throbbing, they stop loving.
(Photo by Valerie Yu)
With the phrase “you should love yourself first” that we hear almost the entire symphony, it seems like love sadly gets twisted. Our definition of “love” becomes empty and it happens more often than what we think should not.
Don’t be confined by that thought. Fine, the world tells you that you should love yourself otherwise nobody would. But please give something a new lease of life not bound by this old tag. Since when that you were shaped to simply fall in love with yourself? This life is not just about you, buttercup.
In Philippians 2:3 it says: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.
Girls, I’m well conscious of how different this makes you from the rest of the world – emptied herself to fill the blankness of others. A love that hugs the fallen world with hope and compassion. A love that surpasses bitterness and blows hatred. A love that does not beg other’s love to seal her own desperation.
Truth ladies. To love does not mean being unwise and miserable. That is the other thing that we should not put our footings on – to the human love that waivers. It fails. It’s disappointing. If we tend to give and receive a love that lasts, let alone the love of Christ squeezes us. To muffle up, cast one’s mind back to always love others without expectations and no gains.
We should know full well that the tangible picture of love is Christ. A portrait of perfection and beauty. If you let Jesus lives in you, you’ll be cultivated as a woman whose character is not a deceitful cover of selfishness.
One of the most beautiful verses in the bible is found in 1 Timothy 1:5, the goal of this command is to love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
In the same book of Timothy, there was a virtuous widow who was living not for her own pleasures but known for her good deeds such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the Lord’s people, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds. It’s fairly identical to that wonderful Proverbs 31 woman. Her soul is designed to love without walls and without limits.
This day and age, that Proverbs 31 woman in the bible seems came to life. Valerie was once a stranger but I believed her every word. Days passed and I witnessed that LOVE is not her feeling, it’s her way of life. She is a pretty face. Sure, I never knew a single thing about her but when I saw her for the first time, I saw nothing more besides love and that makes her one of the prettiest souls I know. She has an invisible, undefined joy that comes within something nobody knows as she loves people.
It is once said that in the garden of a woman’s heart, she is the loveliest of flowers, bringing beauty all her own. It is. She brings beauty all her own once she chose to let the fragrance of love spill and drain the pains out of her.
Dear ladies, you are way too beautiful not to be in love with Christ and His people. Drain yourself from yourself and let your sweet scent of love spill over. Be a woman in the world but not of the world that if they see you, they see love. Keep in mind that a woman whose heart is purest is the prettiest.