Continuing with the series on love – a very dynamic word, we have looked at “Looking for love in all the wrong places” and “Absence of love and what love is not…” Check these out.
In this article, we will take a look at what love is rather than what love is not. It was once said that “Love makes the world go round.” That is a more profound view that we first realize. First of all when examining anything, you need to find out where it came from, what is it basis, and how does it affect your life?
We have already established what love “ain’t” and to get a better understanding we need to know what love is… The dictionary explains love as a noun meaning: “A feeling of strong or constant affection for a person.”
But isn’t love much more than a just feeling that one person has for another? We can say we love the beach, we love chocolate milkshakes; how does that different from true love people should have one for another?
But more importantly, the word is more accurately described as a verb – an action word. Love is action and demonstration; not just an idle misplaced word about feelings. The word love is bantered around too carelessly and spoken too freely in meaningless ways.
First of all – true love comes from God. He invented and He claims title to it. God created all the world and everyone and everything in it from His abundance of love. Since the Bible is the source of all truth, let us begin there. The pure word, love, is in the Bible 280 times by name. Many other references are there indicating the word in other ways.
There you will find the human recipients of love, i.e. – Love of the a world, love of man, of woman, love of mates, love of family, love of children, love of neighbors, and most of all the Love of God through Jesus Christ.
And for every positive in the world there is a negative. We find today that people love attention, they love power, they love evil, they love and covet that which is not theirs, and most of all they love themselves rather than God.
“He that loveth not… knoweth not God; for God is love.” 1 John 4:8
Here we see the test of true love: “Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:39. Are we not to love God and others without any chance of separation from God’s love?
If someone only has a feeling for someone and there is no evidence of love, how can that be love? If we truly love a person, it is evident in our lives – it is demonstrated in loving ways. We are known by the way we love:
“But if any man loves God, the same is known of him.” 1 Corinthians 8:3 If a person loves God, it will be evident to those around them – their lives, deeds, actions, and words will verify that they love God.
“But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” I John 2:5 We obtain the perfect love by reading God’s Word where we obtain confidence in His love and our love for others. We will know the difference in just having passing “ warm fuzzy” feelings and real true love.
We all know people who seem to be devoid of love – for themselves and for others. And that is because they do not know God. For God is love. Those who commit atrocities do not know God – not by any name.
“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.” 1 John 4:-8
Are you a Christian? One way you can know is by the way that you love. Do you love all people regardless of what they can or cannot give you? Do you love others for what you expect in return? Do you love yourself regardless of how short you fall from the keeping His commandments?
Do you love those who bring sorrow and harm into your life? Do you love all people regardless of whether or not they love you back? Do you love all people regardless of their station in life? Do you love all people even if they are not of your own race, adhere to your own creed, or worship God the same way that you do?
The following scripture is a good test of Christianity. “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”John 13:35
“God’s love never fails….. it was secured by nails!”
Next week: How is real love expressed?