“What is Love?”
What is love? The words “I love you, I love this, I love that” can have many meanings
and can vary according to the person making the statement. For example, when you say
you love your mother, does it have the same meaning as when you say “I love baseball”?
Is the love you have for your mother the same as the love you have for baseball? Though
both statements say you love, are you meaning the same love? Probably not. So what is
the different meaning of love in these two statements? I believe we can find some of the
different meanings of love and possibly define the word “love”. I believe the word love is
defined best by the Bible.
Lets explore some of the different aspects of love and look for a definition together.
What is the one emotion that “makes the world go round”? What is the one emotion
that has started as many wars as it has ended? Is love the most powerful emotion
man can have? I believe so. Love for another can make someone give up their most basic
rights and their very lives to see someone they love be better off. We have seen this in
movies and heard it in songs. We all have seen movies depicting someone giving their
life to save someone else from death or some other horrendous consequence.. What
about the love Romeo had for Juliet? Not wanting to live without his true love, he ended
his life rather than go on without her.
What about the different levels or degrees of love? Let’s discuss a few. First off, what
about friendship between two people. Isn’t this a lesser kind of love? Two people who
care about each other, want the best for each other, and look forward to spending time
together? Secondly, what about love for family and love for siblings? We live our whole
lives living each day with our family members, knowing them intimately, growing to
love them more day by day, and needing them more and more. Thirdly, I believe, is love
for a spouse, the romantic kind of love. How many Hollywood movies have been
produced about this kind of love? Good luck with counting them. How many romance
novels have been written about romantic love? Millions? How many love songs have
been written, recorded, and aired on radio and television? This may be the most talked
about kind of love. Fourthly, love for God and country is yet another kind of love, I
A respectful and dutiful kind of love that without which we would not have the
protection and freedoms we enjoy. A soldier giving his life in the line of duty because of
his love for God and country is a prime example of this kind of love. Finally, what about
Gods love for us, which I believe is the purest and best example of love? That is a pure
and sinless God giving his life for fallen humanity and asking for nothing but our love in
return. The Bible goes further and says that God not only loves but that “God is love”
and that everything that exists emanates from Him. I believe that love comes from God
and we would not have it without Him.
How can I identify love? What ingredients combine to make love? Can I know love
when I see it? I believe so. Love is caring and giving, respectful and loyal , affectionate
and with devotion, selfless and kind, with commitment and honor, faithful and true, and
so many more things. Unlike feelings of affection or just liking someone, love is much
deeper, requiring commitment and often times self sacrifice. How do I know if I love
someone or am just attracted or infatuated with them? How much am I willing to give up
for that person? How much of myself am I willing to give up in exchange for their
presence in my life? These questions can help me decide.
Does love last forever? Is it never-ending? If I truly love someone today, will I
therefore always love them, as often stated in our movies and...