Love is a special word because it is a noun and a verb. It can refer to a person, a place or a thing. It can also describe emotions and feelings towards those things. It is a word that we have all used and seem to understand very well. But it has many meanings and can be confusing when it is used lightly.
It can describe the love that a parent has for a child. It is used to describe romantic emotions in couples. It is used to describe the attachment to our favorite things. It is also used to describe sexual attachments and intimacy. That is where confusion can come in because love is one word but it has many different meanings. We need to be mindful of what we mean when we use the word love and be aware that it does not mean the same thing to everyone.
Love is defined in the text books as a strong feeing or emotion. A deep affection, an intense feeling or an intense pleasure. The everyday usage and meaning of the word love is different that the biblical definition. The bible actually tells you what emotions are in alignment with love. And what emotions are not in alignment with love.
The Bible says that love is patient and kind. Which means that love is accepting and tolerant, friendly and considerate. The Bible also says that love is not envious or boastful. Which means that it is not jealous, prideful or overbearing. The Bible also says that love is not easily angered, love keeps no record of your wrongs and that love always trusts. The Bible says so much about love, I suggest that we all take the time to read 1 Corinthians chapter 13.
As a Christian we are to love one another. If we truly love each other, we wouldn't hurt anyone. We wouldn't judge each other. We would be more kind to each other. We would also realize that we are all the same and any preconceived differences would be thrown out the window. Love would bring us all closer together.
The world needs more love. We cannot change anyone but ourselves. I encourage us all to be the best example of love that we can be. God is love, let Him love others through you. And through our lives we can change the world one action, one person, one thought at a time.
1 Corinthians 13:4-84Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
John 13:3434A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
1 John 4:7-87Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
Hebrews 13:11Let brotherly love continue.
1 Peter 4:88And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.