Reflections by the Sea: You Are Loved
By Betsy Ore Glass
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 Cor. 13:4-7 NIV
“You are loved.” Aren’t they the words we all long to hear? “I love you. I care about you. I cherish you. You mean so much to me.” These little words have big impact. Whether these endearments come from the mouths of little tots or the wrinkled faces of the elderly, the effect is the same, lasting pure joy fills our heart. Love is described as “an intense feeling that shows deep affection.” So how can we put this definition into action and apply it using our faith? Love is accepting someone, faults and all. Love is sitting with a friend through their trial. Love is helping or giving without being credited or acknowledged. Love is standing by that person even when you don’t feel like it anymore. Love is being supportive and encouraging. Love is being tolerant and patient when we feel otherwise.
God has set the example by loving us no matter what we do and will do. If we accept Jesus as our Savior, we are forgiven. That is the greatest love of all. The greatest sacrifice. The greatest gift. Take the scripture today to heart. Study it. Know it. Do it. Do we follow the example provided for us? Do we show love, expressing love generously? Who is hurting today and what can we do about it? Showing love with a kind word, a hug, a card, a phone call. It all matters. Every little act of love can fill you when you are filling another’s heart. Use the upcoming Valentines’ Day to reach out to someone and let them know you are there. Henry David Thoreau said, “There is no remedy for love but to love more.” Be a blessing. Be blessed.
Betsy Ore Glass has long-standing ties to the Outer Banks. From Virginia Beach, her family bought a vacation cottage in the 60s and her love of the area began. Later in the 90s, Betsy and her husband bought a weekend cottage and introduced the area to their children. Then Betsy’s parents retired to KDH where the family gathered often. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or read additional Reflections at www.betsyoreglass.com.
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