Friday, December 16, 2011

Love as a Verb

During my laundry sorting a few days ago, I listened to an Andy Stanley talk on 'Staying in Love.'

I was struck by one particular part where Andy spoke of a hypothetical marriage counseling session with Jesus. He imagined a scenario like this (I am paraphrasing here.)
Jesus: Are you loving your wife?
Man: I used to.
Jesus: Then go home and love each other.
Man: But we really don't anymore.
Jesus: That's precisely your problem. You gotta do it then you'll feel it. Quit treating love like a noun and treat it like a verb instead. The foundation for a long term love relationship is to make love a verb.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34

The world says love is a noun, a feeling, a fleeting thing that can be kindled or lost. Jesus commands us to make it a verb. There are no caveats for feelings and/or whether it has been earned or not. We are simply told to do it.

Our love must not be a thing of words and fine talk. It must be a thing of action and sincerity.

1 John 3:18


Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

What a great word.....and very timly...

Love Being A Nonny said...

So VERY VERY true! Thank you!

MamaBear said...

This is my marriage mantra! I have ten happy years to show for it too :)

Merry Christmas!

ArtyMarti said...

Very good insight. Thank you for the reminder.

Cathy said...

Our Sunday School Class did his DVD for 6 weeks. It was AWESOME and very eyeopening.

Thanks for the reminder.

Mindy said...

LOVE this! I've been thinking a whole lot about how to love my husband {and others} extravagantly.

It is a verb and it is a choice. =)

Allison said...

Love it!