“And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27(ESV)
Everyone in today’s world is looking for love. We have songs centered around it, dating websites that promise it, books written on it, countless conversations about it, movies and TV shows about it. Everyone no matter how tough they may be, still wants to feel loved. Some may argue this, but deep down we all want love. We may just define it differently. Some people describe or define love as sex, respect, encouragement, devotion, gifts, or praise. What is love really?
I think our definition of “love” has gotten skewed from the true meaning. Look at our culture. We believe love is found in fairytales, dating, and marriage. Then a few years later in the marriage we find out that the other person was just as selfish as we were, and we want to bail out and get a divorce. Love is not a fairytale, it is as real as the chair I am sitting in right now writing this. We can grasp love in this world. We are just going about it the wrong way. Too many people believe that if they find that perfect person then they can be fulfilled and happy. True love is not found in human emotions, true love is the Lord. That is right, God=love.
If we want to understand love and how to show it, we need to study the Lord and how he displays love. Think about what the Apostle Paul says about a marriage relationship. “Husbands love your wives as Christ Loves the Church”. The example we are given to follow is Jesus. Now comes the hard part, how do we define love since God is love? You cannot accurately describe love easily as you cannot describe God easily. It stretches deep and far just as God does. Just as I have faith in God I have faith in love. The more I study it and live it out the deeper and deeper I get into what love is. I may not be able to describe it but I know it when I see it.