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The language of Love<br>by Tina Y. Gerber

The language of love is how you express and communicate love to the people you care about the most. Of course, there is nothing wrong with celebrating Valentine’s day, baking cookies with your children, enjoying a quiet dinner together, watching a movie, giving flowers or just exchanging a card. But to recognize the higher Love, the important thing to remember is the ultimate gift given to us by God.

How can we show others to Love one another? At times, this seems like such a daunting task in this hectic world. Loving begins with our attitude.

Jesus commanded believers to love one another just as He loved us. (Romans 12:10) God showed us what love is by sending his very Son to die for us to set us free, giving what was most precious to Him, and he wants us to do the same. Loving God and others is at the heart of God’s great purposes, exemplified by giving our very selves, our rights, to judge or to stay angry.

One of the hardest things to do is forgive. Sometimes, it is easier to criticize, instead of finding what’s still of value in the life of another to compliment or give words of encouragement. Love and affection are expressed through this love language when you give your undivided attention, seeing past your own self-absorption to the genuine need of another.

Giving quality time means putting down your cell phone, turning off the TV and making eye contact and actively listening, with no distractions. Listening is free, brings understanding, and is a great way to lighten the load of someone experiencing a loss or experiencing some difficulties or struggles.

We can give others hope, letting others know they are not alone in their struggles. For individuals living in circumstances different from ours, simple acts of service can make another person’s life easier or run smoother. Show people they are important, invest in them, we all want to feel useful and loved for what we have to offer. When those you love need your help, take it as an opportunity and not as an inconvenience. Step out into your community, volunteer, and donate your time to a worthwhile cause. Be sure to practice compassion and empathy while spreading love. Let’s face it; they are its hallmarks.

This Valentine’s Day, let’s look around, let’s spend time meditating on the love Christ has shown us, so we may grow in His love.

We all need love; praying for those around us is a great start to loving thy neighbour. Make an effort to pray for someone who gets under your skin, so we may come to see every obstacle and every hardship as an opportunity for us to learn and grow closer to God, and live better for him. Remember to keep Christ in your mind and in your heart this Valentine’s day and see the blessings in every situation.

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