Love. Everyone is infatuated with it. Everyone, whether they admit it or not, wants to find it. Maybe they want the love of a parent, or maybe they’re seeking ‘true love’.
I was curious as to what the dictionary said love is.
Love – an intense feeling of deep affection
I believe that is so limiting. Love is so much more than ‘deep affection’. So what is it? Well, I’m certainly no expert, but the Bible certainly is. So I went to 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and there I find a much better definition.
“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.”
I don’t know about you, but I certainly want to love and be loved like this. Can you imagine it? In the sin-cursed world we live in, it’s not possible to be able to love with such purity. But that doesn’t stop us from being the recipient of such a love.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 7-8.
God is love! And by being love Himself, of course He can give the kind of love that we are told of in 1 Corinthians.
So this Valentine’s Day, I’ll be enjoying a love so much more than ‘an intense feeling of deep affection’. I will celebrate the greatest love of all. For God’s love is so amazing that He sent His Son to die for me to be free from the bondage of sin. If that’s not ‘true love’, I don’t know what is.
Anna Christine ❤