L L Cool J, the celebrity actor and rap artist, was interviewed on television the other day by Piers Morgan and asked about the key to his successful marriage. “What is the secret?” Piers asked. After just a brief moment of contemplation, his reply was brilliantly direct and simple, “Eat your soup and let her talk.” Indeed! Even as someone who has always enjoyed having the last word, I can appreciate that. In fact, I greatly love the quotation by theologian, Paul Tillich, who said: “The first duty of love is to listen.”
In its best example of the power of love, we express our thankfulness and our praise for one another. Not just on the occasion of an annual love holiday, but every moment, every day, all year long.
The knowledge of how to live your best and most lovingly joyful life will forever transform, illuminate and unshackle you.
The celebration of Valentine’s Day is an occasion for us to exchange flowers, candy, gifts and verbal or written expressions of our love and commitment. We share love with others, not because they demand it, but because we choose to.
As one who was married and committed to one person for nearly fifty years, I know for certain that having a truly personal relationship with a loving God is best demonstrated by how well we love those around us. And that includes our spouses, parents, children, friends, fellow Christians, neighbors, coworkers, colleagues, strangers—everybody. Love demonstrates what living your best life is all about. On the deepest level, the energy of our love reflects the energy of how much our Creator loves us.
Real love transcends distractions, procrastination, unforgiveness, and all of the reasons why we should not love one another. To experience the true power of love, learn to express your love, even to those who may not love you. After all, loving those who love you first is the easy part. When you can love the difficult people in your life, then you know for certain that you’ve got this love thing figured out.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.~ 1 John 4:7