THE DEFINITION OF LOVE

Valentine’s Day is Friday. A day when we celebrate love. People love all kinds of things. One minute they love cupcakes, the next they love their spouse. People love their pets, their sports teams, their favorite vacation spots and the list goes on. Obviously love means many different things. But what is the definition of love? The Bible defines love for us by describing God’s love.

As we examine various scriptures we find that God’s love is:

Eternal (Psalm 136, Romans 8:38-39, I Corinthians 13:8)

Sacrificial (John 15:12-13, Romans 5:8, II Corinthians 5:14-15)

Healing (Matthew 5:38-39, Luke 6:27-31, II Corinthians 5:17-19)

Beneficial (I John 3:18-19, 4:19-5:3)

Fearless (I Timothy 3:7, I John 4:18)

Accepting (Luke 15:11-32, John 3:16, Romans 8:1)

Generous (Luke 10: 25-37, I Corinthians 2:9, I Peter 3:8-9)

The best summary of true love is found in I Corinthians 13, the “love chapter” where Paul describes the love needed by believers in the church at Corinth. In one single place in the Bible we can learn so much about what true love is all about.

It says in verses four through eight, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

Of course, the ultimate expression Of God’s love is Jesus who gave his life on the cross that we might be saved. As you read these many different passages about love what do they speak to you?

In what ways does your love need to develop? How can you cultivate Christlike love and make it more tangible in your life and relationships?

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