In science, there is the idea that when water is cooled its molecules slow down even to the point of freezing. And, when it is warmed its molecules move faster and faster until it bubbles over.
I think this is a good analogy for love too. When we don’t care about others and focus only on ourselves does our love freeze over? And the more we care and the more we practice acts of love, does our love bubble over?
The idea of having “cold” love does not appeal to me, and I bet it doesn’t appeal to you either. So I wonder what can be done to ensure that love does not freeze over? What can I do to get my love for others moving? If there are things you and I can do to really show love, we should want to do them.
Maybe you haven’t really thought about it in this way, but as a parent, how can you speed up those love molecules so your love towards your kids does not grow cold? Or maybe at your place of business, there is resentment building up towards a boss or other co-worker. As a brother or sister, you know you love your sibling but there may have been some things done or said that has slowed that love down. What can you do to keep your love moving?
Paul wrote to a community of Jesus’ followers in Rome at a time when there were many sharp differences about how to fulfill the law (how to do the right things), and he said: “Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.”
It is clear that the majority of Jesus’ teachings are to treat others with unreasonable kindness and compassion. He even said that the greatest commandment was to love one another! In other words, keep love moving by treating others right.
In fact, it is love itself that is the motivator behind treating your wife, your son, your husband, your daughter, your mom, your dad, your boss, your co-worker, your ex, your in-law, your brother, your sister, your teammate right. We should want to move in such a way that we bubble over and reflect the great love that God has shown us all. Keep love moving.
And the more our love moves, chances are that it will bubble over rather than freeze over. So the next time you respond to a relationship issue, the next time you interact with a person, ask yourself “how do I treat this person right? What can I do to keep love moving?” Don’t let your love grow cold. Keep it moving by treating people right!!!
At cfParis we teach about Relationship Principles. Our desire in teaching them is so that as a group of people, as a community, as a family, we would effectively and intentionally love each other and others in ways that really matter. In ways that bubble over.