Love is...

 

Today is Valentine's Day, the day we celebrate love. There will be chocolates and flowers. You'll probably give your kids a little something to remind them that you love them today.

As we celebrate love today, it's a good time to show and talk with our kids about what love really looks like. Unfortunately, the world has distorted what God intended love to be. We're constantly bombarded with the idea that love is a feeling -- that we can fall in and out of love, but that's simply not true. Love is a choice -- every day, sometimes every moment, and our kids need to know that.

True love has certain characteristics. Use Valentine's Day to talk with your kids about those characteristics. Begin teaching them what true love looks like, so they'll know it when they see it and not fall for the false version the world wants them to have.

Love is patient.

Love is kind.

Love does not envy.

Love does not boast.

Love is not proud.

Love does not dishonor others.

Love is not self-seeking.

Love is not easily angered.

Love keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

Love always protects.

Love always trusts.

Love always hopes.

Love always perseveres.

Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8