“This Thing Called Love
A poet once wrote, “To love is to live, and to live is to love.” That may be true, but what does it mean? The poet never defined his terms. What is this thing called “love”?
Probably no other dimension of human experience has been pondered, discussed, debated, analyzed, and dreamed about more than the nature of true love. Love is everywhere—in our songs and in our books, on our televisions and on our movie screens. Talk of love is always on the tips of our tongues, never far from our thoughts or our conversation.
Yet, for all our thinking and talking, for all our discussing and debating, how many of us truly understand love? Do we really know what true love is? Francois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, a 17th-century French author and moralist, made an astute observation when he wrote, “True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.”
Where can we turn for genuine knowledge in matters of true love? The world offers many different concepts of love, but are they reliable? Western popular culture tends to equate love with warm feelings, physical attraction, and sexual activity “The best way to learn anything is to consult an expert. If we wish to improve our golf game, we go to a golf pro; if we desire to play the piano, we study under a qualified teacher. Who is the expert on love? No one understands love better than God. Not only did God create love and establish it as a central foundation stone of human experience, but according to the Bible, God Himself is love (see 1 Jn. 4:8,16). Love defines God’s very nature.”
“What then does God say about love? Contrary to the common assumption of the world in general, love as presented in the Bible is not primarily an emotion, but an attitude of the heart. Emotions are not subject to command; no one can be ordered how to feel about a certain person or thing. Yet, throughout the Bible the Lord commands His people to love. Biblical love is a command. Consider these examples:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength (Deuteronomy 6:5).
Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord (Leviticus 19:18).
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44).”
“If we are commanded to love, how do we carry it out? What does it mean to love God? What does it mean to love another person? These are very important questions that cut right to the heart of meaningful relationships. So many relationships today fail because of an inadequate concept and understanding of love.” Written by Myles Munroe
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