Yes folks…..I do have love on the brain as of late. 🙂 It might be due to the fact that the man I love is constantly on my mind. But….ahem….you probably don’t want to hear about that. What YOU want to hear about is what I think love is…..hence my title.
But….I’m not going to define love as I see it. Since the Lord has brought this new love into my life I’ve been contemplating even more what it means to love. The world has its own definition. Often it involves feelings and emotions that change at every turn life brings. Amidst this disillusioned people who seem to think they have love figured out yet can’t make a marriage last, how are we supposed to come to a true understanding of what love is and what it means to love?
Just like anything in life, we turn to the One who DOES have it all figured out. There’s no need for us to question or wonder. We have all the answers at our fingertips. We just have to crack the Book open and let Its light shine in our hearts.
So what DOES God’s Word say about love? I don’t think we can go very far without looking at Christ’s example of love. It is said that 1 Corinthians 13 is the Love Chapter. I think 1 John 4 is pretty competitive!
1 John 4:7-11
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
Wow…..What an incredible example of love we have in our Savior! So then what IS love? The chapter continues…
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
We love him, because he first loved us.
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
Verse 16 says “God is love”. How has God loved you? THAT is how you are to show love to others. Is it easy to love others? Not always. But then….as often as I fail the Lord it would be so easy for Him to choose not to love me. Yet, He doesn’t! I’m so grateful for that.
How have YOU shown love today to those in your life?