What is Love?

There have been several occasions when I overhear conversations about love or even better, I was involved in the discussion about what love is. And too often after hearing how love is defined, I’ve found myself thinking, hmmm…well, that’s not quite right. So much so that I wanted to set the record straight once and for all. There is one meaning of LOVE. While others may come close, the definition to be referenced is accurate and comprehensive. No fluff, it isn’t wrapped in beautiful paper, and it doesn’t come with pretty red flowers (that don’t always smell as lovely as they look, btw).

Before coming in contact with this definition, I also believed in the fairy-tale, HOLLYWOOD version of passionate, steamy, romantic love. Now don’t get me wrong, that does exist, however, that doesn’t scratch the surface of what real love is. So for all of those that were like me, I’m about to burst your bubble if you’ve never come into contact with the TRUTH about love.

LOVE IS . . .

As 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, English Standard Version (ESV) proclaims:

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.

8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

Whew! That’s heavy. Deep. magnificent. And mind blowing…to say the least.

The takeaway

Does that sound like a fairy – tale? A steamy love story? No?… It seems like something that must be intentional, or some may even equate it to work. Now, this isn’t to discourage anyone. However, it’s the truth. This definition of love, if applied wholeheartedly it provides great results. For those who are married or in serious courting relationships it’s almost a no-brainer that your significant other may not always seem “lovable,” Or you may even feel like they don’t deserve your kindness. Finally, they don’t always say the things you want to hear nor do they make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside on a daily basis. Let’s face it. At times it takes considerable effort to exemplify love on the days when you feel like … (insert phrase here). More than likely many things could’ve been added, right?

Although this isn’t the typical standard for modern day love, it’s a definition that should be learned and applied for the ages. If this train of thought were used when dealing with family and friends, think of how different the world would be. There’d be less divorce, lawsuits, and family feuds, just to name a few. That should def give you a little something to think about.

Wanna learn more?

A good place to start, if looking to find out more about love, is the word of God. Here are a few study tools to consider, you can start with this one or this one. Check out this Bible study guide that summarizes each of the 66 books in the Bible.

When you choose to love, grace, and kindness above anything else, the fruit is so much more worth it. Sure it may not feel good, but who ever promised that love is supposed to be anything less than that? I say that considering Jesus went to the cross and SUFFERED for us to be saved. At times it would be better (or so I think) to have a walk that doesn’t involve some form of suffering like my Savior, which ultimately Glorifies my Heavenly Father. Well, fortunately for me, I’m not the author and finisher of my faith, so I don’t have that much say so in this area. It’s in this time we must remember His will be done, not ours. Selah!

 

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