Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more,
1 Thessalonians 4:9-10 NIV
A group of 4-8 year-olds was asked, “What does love mean?” Here are some of their answers:
“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore so my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis, too. That’s love.”
“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.”
“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.”
“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.”
“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.”
Our world struggles to define real love. But even when we can define love correctly, we still struggle with being loving.
These two verses teach us several principles about love.
God’s example of love sets the standard.
The only way to love as He loves is to let Him love through us.
God puts no restrictions on the people we must love.
The first part of verse 10 reveals the Thessalonians love for all. Again, here is an example of a church with a vibrant testimony. They loved all the brothers. Some people are harder to love than others, but we must love those folks too.
God puts no limits on how much we should love.
We are to excel in love. Regardless of how much we love, we can always love more.
Find someone today who needs love.