Not the emotion love. Real love. Real love doesn't appear wrapped in emotion, but in action. To be motivated by love. To react the way love would react. To step with God because He is love. All I have to do is make the decision to be motivated by His love rather than my own human feelings. Discovering and learning to dance in His love has made all the difference in my family. And I'm still learning.
Learning that when I walk in the love of God, moved by compassion, a shield protects me. Keeping out all the fiery darts, I can walk as Jesus through the angry mob and not be harmed. To hold my shield in place, I must obey God's Word.
"But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him; Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did." (1 John 2:5-6)
No matter what my situation looks like. love cannot fail. God is love and God cannot fail. Step by step, taking God at His Word, trusting Him over anything else screaming to get my attention. Love is a powerful weapon.
In our home, an attack from an unlikely place. As things spiraled downward something deep down took a stance and chose to love. To continue to share my love, His love, provide, care for, listen, hug, as my response to the destruction being hurled at me. My life a testimony that His love never fails. Love guarded my heart from bitterness. Love protected me from accusations being flung at others. Love wrapped around me and did not fail. It cannot.
In my family, I'm putting this love thing to the test. Loving unconditionally by acting on God's Word, loving God by loving my children and husband, walking in love, perfecting the love walk and the pivotal step to our happy dance.
Love is the greatest thing that can happen to my family. Committing to, living the life of love, determining to obey the Word no matter what, watching God turn failure into success in my home again and again, proving it for myself, love never fails.