True Love! Selfless or Selfish

by: Zetta Johnson


We always hear the famous saying “love is an action word.” Sometimes, it can become very cliche. I must admit, to hear one say they love you but never show it would be very hard to believe.

John 15: 13 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” This a great example of the word “Love” in action.

The scriptures let us know that Jesus sacrificed his life on the cross and that was the ultimate example of love. It doesn’t get better than that! His unselfish act to give his life for the world will forever be the ultimate love sacrifice.

While we may believe that nothing can top Jesus’ sacrifice, there is another inspiring story in the bible that also exemplifies love.

There were two mothers who both had newborn babies. One of the mothers rolled over and killed her baby. She was devastated and heart broken and I can only imagine anger she felt towards herself.

The woman took the living baby from the other mother and placed her deceased baby in its place. The other mother realized her baby had been switched and was upset. She took the woman before the king so he could settle the situation.
The king said he would split the living baby in half so that each mother would have a piece since he could not decipher who was the mother of the living baby and the mother of the deceased baby.

Well, the mother of the deceased child was satisfied with the decision. She lost her child already, so and didn’t have love in her heart for the child who was not naturally hers. Wouldn’t you know, the child’s real mother told the king that the other woman could have the baby so the baby would live, even if it wasn’t with her.

From her unselfish decision to give her baby to the other mother the king knew right away she was the real mother and granted her child back to her possession.

True love is not a selfish act. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 is a passage I love to turn to for the definition of love. It says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs” (NIV).

During this season when most are wrapped up in finding a valentine I challenge you to question your motives for those you profess to love. Do your actions exemplify selfishness or selflessness?