WHAT IS LOVE?
Love is one of the greatest virtues we all must strive to walk in. According the Merriam-Webster Dictionary ‘love’ is defined in many dimensions;
1 [noncount]: a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person motherly/maternal love fatherly/paternal love brotherly/sisterly love Children need unconditional love from their parents. — often + for No one could doubt her love for her family.
2 [noncount]: attraction that includes sexual desire: the strong affection felt by people who have a romantic relationship a declaration of love He was just a lonely man looking for love. romantic love [+] more examples — often used before another noun a love poem/song/letter a love potion a love scene/story — see also free love, puppy love ◊ When people begin to feel romantic love for each other, they fall in love. They fell (madly/passionately) in love (with each other). ◊ This phrase is also used figuratively. She fell in love with sailing the first time she tried it. ◊ People are sometimes said to fall out of love when they stop loving each other. It was sad to see how they gradually fell out of love (with each other) after they married. ◊ If people fall in love with each other when they first meet, it is called love at first sight. This phrase is also used figuratively. When he saw the house, it was love at first sight. [=he loved the house as soon as he saw it]
3 [count]: a person you love in a romantic way a lost love You never forget your first love. [=the first person you loved in a romantic way] He was her one true love. = He was the love of her life.
4 [singular] chiefly British a: a kind or helpful person : dear Be a love and carry this inside for me, would you? b — used to address someone in a loving or friendly way As long as you’re up, (my) love, would you mind getting me a drink? “How do I get to Trafalgar Square?” “Take the Number 24 bus, love.”
5 [noncount]: an expression of love and affection When you see them again, please give them my love. Mike and Meg send their love, too. The gift had a note saying “With love from Meg & Mike.” — used to express affection at the end of a written message Thanks for everything. Hope to see you soon. Love, Mike Be well, my darling, till we meet again! Love and kisses, Meg
6 a [singular]: a feeling of great interest, affection, or enthusiasm for something — often + for or of We all knew about his love for baseball. She has a love of history. a love of good food [+] more examples b [count] : something about which a person feels great interest or enthusiasm Baseball was his first love.
7 [singular]: a score of zero in tennis The score was 40–love. all’s fair in love and war — see 1fair for love or money informal or chiefly British for love nor money — used to give added force to a negative statement We couldn’t get him to go along for love or money. [=we failed completely in our attempt to get him to go along] for the love of God informal also for the love of Mike/Pete — used to give added force to an angry statement For the love of God, quiet down! I’m trying to get some sleep here! labor of love — see 1labor love is blind — used to say that people do not see the faults of the people that they love make love : to have sex with someone It was the first time they made love (to/with each other). no love lost ◊ When there is no love lost or very little love lost between people, they dislike each other. They were polite with each other, but it was clear that there was no love lost between them. — loveless /ˈlʌvləs/ adjective [more loveless; most loveless] an unhappy loveless marriage. But true genuine love can best be defined from the bible.
The true meaning of love, as defined in the Bible, has been corrupted in the common usage of our English language and society. Most often, love is confused with infatuation – that elated, “high” feeling we get when we “fall in love.” This kind of “love” is something that lasts typically less than a year, and unless replaced by true love, results in broken relationships.
The Bible indicates that love is from God. In fact, the Bible says “God is love. Love is one of the primary characteristics of God. Likewise, God has endowed us with the capacity for love, since we are created in His image. This capacity for love is one of the ways in which we are “created in the image of God.”
The Greek language (the language of the New Testament) uses two different words to describe and define love. The most commonly used Greek word translated “love” in the New Testament is “agape.” This love is represented by God’s love for us. It is a non-partial, sacrificial love probably best exemplified by God’s provision for our rebellion:
“For God so loved (agape) the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Looking to the books of 1 Corinthians 13 the full context of what ‘love is’ is spelt out; “1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love 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. [one_fifth][/one_fifth][one_fifth][/one_fifth][one_fifth][/one_fifth][one_fifth][/one_fifth][one_fifth_last][/one_fifth_last] [one_fifth][/one_fifth][one_fifth][/one_fifth][one_fifth][/one_fifth][one_fifth][/one_fifth][one_fifth_last][/one_fifth_last] [one_third][/one_third][one_third][/one_third][one_third_last][/one_third_last]
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Anything done without the presence of love will never stand the test of times. It will fail.
Let Love Lead. Walk in ‘Love.’