After months of listening, processing, and taking into account all of the hurt, excitement, and confusion that friends and strangers alike expressed over our country’s recent election, I finally broke my silence and shared my feelings and thoughts on the matter here on my blog: “When Love and Tolerance Become Hate Behind a Mask.” The overwhelming theme of this recent post of mine was love… authentic, raw, biblical, brotherly love. Nowadays, this kind of love is rare, and as a parent, I feel it is my duty and privilege to teach my children what the definition of love actually is. But with this definition of real love come some hard truths that many times we don’t want to admit:
- Love is not just a feeling. It’s not simply the flutter of butterflies felt in your stomach on your wedding day or the passionate fireworks behind a first kiss or the happiness that fills you when a friend dotes on you selflessly. Real love is also a choice. It’s choosing to stand by your loved one when you feel like walking out. It’s seeing all of the good AND the bad in a person and choosing to be his friend anyway. And it’s deciding to unconditionally, selflessly care for another individual, not expecting anything in return. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. -Romans 12:10
- Love is not always easy. Sometimes loving someone can be excruciatingly painful, especially when that love is not returned or is simply lost. Relationships come and go in seasons, and sometimes we are just not ready to see them end. Time and distance and even life and death may separate us, but the love remains… and that’s okay! The capacity to love is the most powerful gift we’ve been given. It is always worth it! Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. -Alfred Lord Tennyson
- Love is honest even when it hurts. True love speaks truth in every circumstance in order to do what is best for the other individual. Sometimes temporarily hurting the one-you-love’s feelings is necessary in order to protect him from long-term harm. Love sees that big picture and speaks the truth no matter what! “Faithful are the wounds of a friend.” -Proverbs 27:6a
Since real love seems to be a crucial factor missing in so many people’s lives today and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I am donning this “love one another” tee as a reminder to love even when it’s hard.
If you want to spread this positive, hopeful message of love too, then head to Simply Bliss Boutique (a faith-based boutique) to purchase your own “Love one another” tee. Let’s spread more than just the ooey-gooey, feel-good kind of love. Let’s love one another the right way and teach our children the real meaning of love!
I received the mentioned item in this post in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.