You may have been too young to remember, but at some point in your development you were probably in love with the people who cared for you. For many, that was mom or dad, or both. Some aren’t so fortunate, but if you had absolutely anyone caring for you lovingly, you most likely reciprocated with love of your own. And then one day something happened. You realized that you could actually get things done for you or given to you if you used the word “love” or maybe flashed your sad eyes. Or possibly you took the other road. You might have been one of those kids who threw fits until people relented! At any rate, if you’re a Christian it’s time to stop the manipulation of those you say you love and do some growing up. Speak to each other in truthful ways and if you don’t get your way, don’t pout. That’s life, and sometimes things just don’t work out the way you wanted them. Think about the “love” you give and consider its source and its motive.
“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.” 1 Peter 1:22