What Does Love Look Like?

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching; roses, chocolate, and the color red are all around us!

This annual holiday serves as a celebration of love. We’ve all seen the movies and read the romantic tragedies, but, what does love actually look like? 

It’s a question that’s been asked for ages and the definition differs depending on who you’re asking.

How do we define the very thing that the Bible says defines us? 

As Christians, our road blocks for truth should begin and end with the Bible. 

With that in mind, what does God say about love? 

Well, a lot. The word “love” is mentioned 551 times in the Bible. 

I won’t be going through all 551 mentions, but I will direct you to my all time favorite love defining passage of scripture 

1 Corinthians 13, known to many as “the love chapter,” clearly demonstrates and defines love in a way that challenges us to reflect on our own exercise of that love.   

I will post the passage below and encourage you to read through it and contemplate how you love yourself and others. Does your life reflect these things and point to God’s definition of love? If not, what adjustments can be made so that love is not only evident in you, but also through you?

I’d love to hear your feedback. Email me at michael@globalmissionawareness.com


“Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (The Passion Translation)



Michael Raftery

GMA Content Manager