Benefits of Love

Maybe I’m being sentimental, or cliché, or whatever you want to call it, but many of us are already thinking about love today anyway, so why not feed the fire?

We are all familiar with love on some level.  Love is packed full of benefits.  It saves us from hell.  It solves conflicts.  It brings people us closer together.  It produces hard work and good attitudes.  It’s even good for our health!

In a recent article, Lisa Collier Cool talked about the health benefits of love (Click Here).  Here are some that she talks about:

  • Love Defuses Stress.  We know it can sometimes cause stress, but in general it helps prevent stress.  Getting rid of stress can help prevent diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.  Several studies found that physical touch (like holding hands) reduces and helps us deal with stress.  Hugging has even been shown to lower blood pressure.
  • Love Heals Wounds.  A study was conducted where couples were inflicted with a small blister.  They found that blister took two days longer to heal in the couples that were hostile and argumentative with each other.
  • Love Keeps Us From Sickness.  Studies also found that many people who lost a spouse through death, divorced, or separation showed a decline in health.

God knew what He was doing when He brought man and woman together and introduced love (Genesis 2).  God knew what He was talking about when He commanded us to love each other (1 John 4:7-21).  God knew what He was doing when He sent Christ to the cross to show His love for us (John 3:16; 1 John 4:7-21).

People across the country will be demonstrating their love for each other today in their marriages, families, and friendships.  Surely God loves seeing people being sweet, kind, caring, and generous with each other.  However, let’s not let these wonderful attitudes and feelings die for 364 days after today.  Let’s make sure we spread the love on this Valentine’s Day, next Valentine’s Day, and all the days in-between.

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