What About Love?

Love? 

Isn’t it that warm, fuzzy feeling that mysteriously comes up when you think of your “The One? 

That is what many people believe. Growing up, many of us were made to think that love is an enchanting feeling and a million-dollar concept that inspired countless songs and movies.  

Love was pictured as a hole, where people would fall. It was portrayed as the last train that people are meant to chase. For some, love is the missing puzzle piece that would fill their empty space.

But is that all there is about love? Or it means something else?

Love on the brain 

For many, the modern understanding of the word love has something to do with this intense feeling of affection or a romantic, sexual attachment.

In fact, Verywell Mind’s article What is Love defines love as a set of emotions and behaviors characterized by intimacy, passion, and commitment. 

The International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology agrees. They suggest that love has a strong biological component, and it is human nature to seek out and find love.

Simply putin today’s world, love is being defined as if it is all about feelings, emotions, and human desires. 

But while scientists believe that love is a function of the brain chemistry and that it cannot be controlled, the Word of God says otherwise. 

What love is (and isn’t) according to the Bible 

In Matthew 5, God commands His children to love, even their enemies. 

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:44-45) 

If love is all about feelingswhy would God command someone to have affectionate feelings toward someone they don’t like, let alone someone they despise? 

Because God views the concept of love like it is a verbIt is crystal clear that the Bible does not equate love with just feelings or emotionsMatthew 5 uncovers that love involves intentional, deliberate, and selfless actions! 

Truly, the Heavenly Father paints a different, far more interesting picture of love. He expects you to show love by blessingdoing good, and praying for people – even when your fleeting emotions tell the exact opposite. 

The Greatest love of all 

Oh, what a joy to show love to people who you actually love! 

But how about loving those you find difficult to love? 

It would be difficult to love if a person doesn’t know God’s love, because God is love (1 John 4:7-8). Love comes from Him alone. Love is a core aspect of God’s character. 

And as you experience His boundless love, you are also called to reflect that love to the people around you (1 John 4:21). He inspires you to see love the way He sees it: 

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. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8) 

How deep is your love? 

Have you ever wondered how much others love you? 

Now, try to flip that idea around. Instead of measuring how much others love you, try asking yourself, “How much do I love others?” 

Because as a follower of Jesus, people will know you by your love. Your love is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). And as you grow in faith, love grows in you. 

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35 NIV) 

But even those who love God can sometimes find it hard to love. So whenever you feel that way, you can always come back to this truth: We love, because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). 

His divine love for you can transform your heart! 

And as you pray and seek God’s heart to change yours, let His great love inspire you. 

Just think, Jesus Christ did not stay in heaven – His saving love came down to reconcile you with the Heavenly Father, so you can experience the fullness of His love. 

No love compares to that.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved useven when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2:4-5 ESV) 

Do you find it hard to love the people around you? 

Let God’s love guide you. 

Begin your journey with Him today by calling the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700. 

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