Thursday, February 09, 2012

No greater love...

"Greater love has no one than this, 
that someone lay down his life for his friends."

John 15:13 ESV

Valentine's Day is certainly a celebration of romantic love. And truthfully, that is an easy kind of love to identify and celebrate.

After all, romantic love is the kind that makes you smile for no apparent reason, and makes your heart quicken at the thought of your beloved...

But what about the love of a friend? 

That kind of love is much less celebrated and perhaps under-appreciated in our lives.

When Little One was hospitalized Tuesday afternoon (you can read about it here), I knew I needed help with my older two kids while I stayed in the hospital and Brian went to work. I didn't have to think long about who I would call. And when she heard my need, she actually thanked me for calling her!

That is great love. A kind of love that says "I'm so thankful you called me" (especially because she meant it!!!) even when your request calls for a bit of inconvenience on your friend's part.

Another dear friend texted me to tell me she and her husband heard of our need and were praying...from thousands of miles away!!!

Soon I received another text from another sister in Christ who said she would do whatever I needed, and said "Please let me help you..." and meant it...

Laying down your life for your friends, does not need to be a literal death. My friends continue to teach me that laying down your life means overlooking those little inconveniences (like schedules, time or distance) and letting the other person feel the love of Jesus through your actions.

1 Corinthians 13 tells us that we can do all sorts of wonderful things for people but if we "have not love" it is for nothing.

I want to have the kind of love that says "no matter what" instead of "what's in it for me". The kind of love that my friends model for me.

So today I want to say, "Thank you!" to all of my friends for the practical love they pour into my life; not only during emergencies, but every day. They are Jesus' hands and feet and I am blessed beyond measure because of them!

Linking Up:
Our Simple Country Life: Hearts for Home Thursday
Raising Mighty Arrows: Proverbs 31 Thursday


Courtney said...

I love you, Kristi! I'm honored to be called your friend. Have a wonderful day!

Emily said... me a thought to give my friends some Valentine love this year! Friend's are a great gift God gives us-especially when we are united by Him.
Visiting from Our Simple Country Life.

Kristi Slattery said...

Courtney, I am honored to be your friend too! I love you! Hope my kids made today easy... : )

Kristi Slattery said...

Emily, I'm so glad you stopped by!