I took a survey on what people view on what love is and I must confess, I wasn’t astonished at the opinions I got as feedbacks. And these were the responses I got
God is love, Love is a who and not what, Love is putting other people before you, love is an emotional feeling and one last person that didn’t believe love existed due to experiences. We all have perspective to which we see things which is highly acceptable. But when our perspective is faulty, our seeing is blur. Yes, personal experiences build mind set in and for us, like laying a foundation for a building. One constant factor that experiences can’t alter is the LOVE of GOD.
As cliché as it may sound; John3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” This passage doesn’t explain the intensity of the love rather its explains the way the love was demonstrated. But John3”16 should be corroborated with 1John3:16 which is the perfect explanation for the demonstration of the love of God. “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”
So, we can deduce that real love is what God demonstrated in and through what Christ did for us. The statement “God is love” can be explained from Galatians5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Love is a fruit of my born-again spirit. i.e. love is a fruit of Gods spirit that’s inside of us, love is not an emotion therefore, I can love anyone and everyone because I have Gods spirit.
The perfect permanent characteristics of God is love. If God doesn’t Change; his love won’t reduce or increase in size, its not moved by time, space, season. It doesn’t change mode or shape. Lol. Anyone who has a clear understanding of Love would definitely understand purpose (coming next).
I know people have abused the word it feels like a line to get pass correction or a thick argument or things of that nature. The love you have towards your colleagues at work, family, friend, and acquaintance is the same love you have towards your partner except the defiled bed in marriage and the chemistry. Quick explanation; chemistry or attraction is a key in relationship or marriage but its not the definition of love. It can lead to but the initial “ginger” isn’t love it’s just an attraction. Understand that “sex” in marriage is the only thing that differentiate the love you have for your spouse and the love you have for your sister or father.
Here’s my conclusion/ opinion on what love is… love is God predestining Christ to be a saviour because he wanted heaven with me and not without me. Its not an emotional, goose bumps sensation or a tingling down my spine… it’s a fruit of who I am- a spirit being. We cannot claim to know Christ if we refuse to love with the same intensity with which he loved us.
Have a fun filled week basking in the intensity of the love of the father.