Have you ever wondered what love is or how to define it? Love is an abstract word categorized as an idea. There are various ways to demonstrate Love, as addressed in 1 Corinthians 13:
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I delivered up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
So how do we know how to genuinely love someone with pure motives, Hebrews 5:14 helps me a lot:
“But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”
So, loving someone to Christ may not look that way at first glance, and yet other times acts of love can be immediately received and embraced by the recipient.
May our hearts be fixed on Jesus Christ as we demonstrate acts of love to those around us.