AHallmark destroyed love.
If only it was that easy. Really, Hallmark made it more difficult to label love. We are told love is flowers and chocolates. Love is sentiment in a kitschy card. In reality love is seeking the best scenario for a person or group. When the perfume and caffeinated candy is peeled away, what is left? Is it love? It could be.
We have to separate our relationships from our gifts... mostly.
"No one has greater love than to give up one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you."
John 15:13-14 CEB
Jesus showed us the greatest love by willingly accepting an unjust punishment. Jesus is God's gift to us. There is no taking away the wrapping. It exists as is. God loves us.
How do you live out that love?
Let us get to the essence of what that love means.