Love + Honor. What is the intersection?
"If you love me, keep my commands."
This past week at church, Andy Stanley shared that there were two rules in his house for his kids while growing up:
- Honor your mother
- Tell the truth
I found the first to be pretty profound (if not a bit patriarchal). As Andy shared that honor covered the concept of loving others as we love ourselves, it moved me to conceptualize love as the verb we see in 1 Corinthians 13 rather than the feeling we get from good times in relationships.
It made me think back to Jesus, when He said "If you love me, keep my commands." This is a call to obey, to surrender, to follow Him beyond our selfish desires.
And if you think about it, what better way for someone else to express that they love you than to choose actions that honor your standing in their life? For friends to celebrate milestones, for spouses to establish a legacy, for parents to train up their children, for employees to work dutifully as unto the Lord?
Today, I challenge you to consider how you can love someone through action. Bonus points if its something you wouldn't normally want to do, and even more bonus points if it speaks to their love language.
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