What is Love?

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” Proverbs 3:3,4.

What is love? It’s such an abstract word. There are times we can feel the emotion of love towards someone whom we adore or we are infatuated with, yet these feelings will fade when we have unmet expectations and disappointments. We can decide to love a person who’s not lovable. Love wants the best for someone. Love is a decision not a feeling.

The Bible explains that by being patient and kind we love someone. We demonstrate love by not being jealous, but rejoicing for what other’s have materially, successfully, or in their appearance. We show love when we are humble and grateful. Love is respectful to everyone and generous. Love doesn’t get angry over small things and love keeps no record of the wrong doing of others. In other words discuss the problem, wipe the slate clean, and move on with forgiveness. Love delights in good and rejoices with the truth. Love protects you and others. Love is able to trust people. Love has hope for others to do better and hope of a better tomorrow. Love perseveres through the difficult times.

The first four commandments describe how we are to love God. The remaining six commandments describe how we are to love one another. Jesus taught that the greatest commandment of them all is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with your entire mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”

God loves us. In His perfect love he was willing to sacrifice his own desires to do what was best for us, which was to take all our sin upon himself, pouring out his blood on our behalf. For two thousand years God prepared his people by having them sacrifice a perfect lamb for the atonement of sin. Jesus came to us to die, paying the penalty for our past, present and future bad choices, mistakes we made in our ignorance, and our direct disobedience of his Word. His death allows us to live in Heaven once we believe that He saved us from an eternal death by inviting him into our heart. Jesus is the perfect Lamb of God paid for the atonement of our sin.

People matter to God and people should matter to us. Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Jesus went to the cross because of his love for us when we were still rebellious and against him.

Do you love Jesus for what He did for you?
Do you love others as much as yourself?

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