Love, with Everything

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Love has what it takes, whatever it takes. Jesus models that kind of love—the type we absolutely can count on.

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” Matthew 22:37–39 (niv)

“I luff you sooo much, Mama.” My tiny daughter wore her most dreamy expression as she crooned those words. That was just before she wrapped her arms around my neck and melted me on the spot. It’s said that good things come in small packages, and that’s very true when it comes to our children.

It’s also true about the little word love. A small package, those four letters hold true power. Popular views of love give us feel-good images of traipsing through fields of wildflowers with the object of our affections. Love does feel great. But those simplistic views can easily underestimate love’s true power, so how about taking a few minutes to consider what real love really is?

True love has muscle, toned from never-ending use. With practice and unselfish discipline, it digs down to the trenches where it’s needed most, where nothing else will do to meet a need. Love can heal the deepest hurts and model life-changing lessons. It has guts and doesn’t shy away from unpopular truth. It forgives at its own expense, for the good of someone else. In fact, love is all about someone else.

Jesus said the greatest two commandments are to love God and others. We’ve read and heard that a few dozen times. Notice, though, how we’re to love: with everything. With our whole beings—heart, soul and mind.

Love has what it takes, whatever it is. Jesus models that kind of love, the type we absolutely can count on.

May our loved ones be able to count on our love that way, through Jesus’ power in us.

FAITH STEP: Brainstorm three creative ways you can show someone you love them this week.

Written by Erin Keeley Marshall

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