What is Love?

 

My first thought was Jesus. Jesus is love.

As I watched this video, I started to feel a bit sad for everyone. Yes, they all feel bits of love, but they are missing out on so much more!

With Jesus, love didn’t start out as a two-way street, He loved us first. He gave His life for us, before we even loved him back. Love is not self-seeking.

Yes, love is taking care of the people in our lives: our families, friends and love-interests. It is also loving our enemies and the people that annoy and frustrate us.

I comforted by the 95 year old lady who said, “I think love is just a form of God.” One, out of the one hundred, nailed it. God is love.

Some stated love is complicated, but not God’s love – that’s unconditional. God’s love is patiently waiting for you to receive it. All you gotta do is accept it.

Most of them couldn’t even put words to it, but God gave us so many ways to describe it. Two passages specifically come to mind:

  1. John 3:16 “God so LOVED the world, that He gave His only Son. That whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.” [emphasis mine]
  2. 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 deliver 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, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.11 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. 12 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. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” [boldness mine]

Don’t love as the world loves – full of drama, complications, expectations, etc… Love as Christ first loved you, and continues to, now and forever with patience; kindness; the truth, without selfishness, boasting, arrogance, rudeness, irritability, resent, or rejoicing in wrongdoings. Bear all, believe all, hope all, and endure all with the Power of Christ’s love in you.

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