Love Is An Action

So, about 4 this morning, Jackson came into our room, and wanted to sleep with us, saying he can’t sleep in his bed. The problem is that Jackson cannot stay still while sleeping, which means that with 3 of us in the bed, he is the only one that gets any sleep. So, I get up, in a huff, let him in bed, and then make too big of a deal about the fact that I will go sleep on the couch. Fast forward to 7 this morning, and I am getting ready for my message about love, and especially the love of God, and in that moment, I am so grateful that God doesn’t act like I do at times. 1 Corinthians 13, tells us that love is patient, it is kind, it doesn’t envy, or boast. It isn’t proud, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, isn’t easily angered, and doesn’t keep a ledger of wrongs. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. It never fails.  In other words, Love is a choice, it is an action, and in that truth I am convicted of my shortcomings, and comforted that God chose to love me, in spite of them. In John 3:16, Jesus tells us that God loved the world so much He sent His Son. Did you ever consider the fact that you could take “the world” out of that statement, insert your name, and nothing changes? In fact, right now, take a moment and reflect on what it would mean to hear Jesus say these words to you:  “My Father loves you, (insert your name), so much that He sent Me, His One and Only Son, so that if you, would believe in Me, you wouldn’t perish, but instead, would have eternal live. My Father didn’t send me into this world to condemn (insert your name), but instead to save you, through Me.”