Love Is Not A Three Letter Word

Somewhere today, there’s a guy buying a ring getting ready to “pop the question.”

There’s a girl down the street shopping for a dress. THE dress. The one she’ll wear on her “big day”.

Everyone wants love. But, while most of us know how to plan a dream wedding, we’re not quite as prepared for the reality of life beyond the honeymoon. 

We know that’s true because the numbers don’t lie.

Half of all marriages end in divorce.

Which means that, for every guy who buys a ring, there’s one guy taking a reluctant trip to the pawn shop.

While one girl shops for the perfect dress, another one is tearfully auctioning hers to the highest bidder online.

Meanwhile, Hollywood keeps churning out episodes of The Bachelor. The sacred bonds of marriage continue to be challenged and redefined by marketing gurus who know that love is a hot commodity.

And it doesn’t matter if hearts are breaking when you’re building an empire.

I know this isn’t your typical Valentine’s post, especially coming from me (a self-professed, googly-eyed romantic.) But lately I guess I’ve heard too much do-whatever-feels-good propaganda to stay silent.

So here’s what I have to say to anyone who’s been cheated by the “love” shysters:

You do not have to keep buying what they’re selling!

You do not have to accept disposable love.

You can have the forever-after kind.

Forget the fake Hollywood version.

A cheap imitation can never compare to true love. 

Because love is not a three letter word.

Even though many have reduced it to nothing more than a  physical act, true love is something far above that, and far more desirable.

When we commit our pursuit of love to the One who IS love, He will help us raise our standards so we can stop falling for lame substitutes and experience the real thing.

This could be the happiest Valentine’s Day ever if we stop entertaining ideas about what love is not and start embracing what love is.

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

P.S. If you haven’t found that kind of love yet, just remember that God wants the very best for you. And the very best is always worth the wait. Until then, consider the above list to be a preview of coming attractions.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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