Make love an action.
In the Douay-Rheims Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 reads:
4 Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely; is not puffed up; 5 Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil;
We are much more familiar with these bible verses with the word “Love” instead of “Charity”.
When I first saw this about a decade ago, I had an instant shift in perspective of what Love is. In my mind it shifted from a feeling waiting to blossom, to a choice.
We are called to love one another. We are not called to LIKE each other (thank goodness… that could be infinitely many times harder). But when we are called to love one another, we are not being told to have feelings of affection.
Instead we are told to take action, to be patient with one another and not to try to one-up each other.
Every one of us has dignity, regardless of political affiliation, race, beliefs or sins on our souls.
As I think back to a time when I was dating my future husband, I remember asking myself “Do I LOVE love him? How do I know?” That was the wrong question to ask. Love is more than a feeling. Love is an action. It’s actions you take even when it’s hard. It’s action that supports the dignity of those around you.
Imagine how terrible life would be if love was just a feeling. It would come and go with the whims of the wind, like feeling tired or mirthful. It’d be a smiple adjective.
Love is so much more powerful as a verb.
Love to all,