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What Is Love: Do We Know?
What Is Love
What is love? The idea or concept of love is seen differently through the eye of the beholder, right? But, is there an absolute love? One; as a society, we can not grasp or comprehend?
Love can be an action or an idea. Defined as a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person, a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent,child, or friend, sexual passion or desire, a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart, and used in direct address as a term of endearment, affection, or the like. In action it is to have love or affection for: “All her pupils love her”, to have a profoundly tender, passionate affection for (another person), to have a strong liking for; take great pleasure in: to love music, to need or require; benefit greatly from: Plants love sunlight, to embrace and kiss(someone), as a lover.
In the Bible love is described, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails.
Is this the love we know? In relationships we can be inpatient, unkind, we envy and boast, pride fills our hearts, we show disrespect and are selfish, we hold anger and remember who wronged us, at times we hide the truth, trust is broken, hope is lost and love seems to fail. Of course, not all of this always happens all the time in every relationship but seems to be the majority. Just look at the divorce rate.
Love used as a noun can be a person or thing. 1 John chapter 4 tells us that “God is love.” The fruits of the Spirit are “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” He loved us so much he gave His only son. His son died while we still persecuted and rejected Him. God is the same today, yesterday and forever. He never fails. Can we emulate that kind of love as humans?