Often, people approach love as a feeling that should be met only when their emotions or sexual perception is validated. some movies, novels, and even our society has, in a way, painted love to us as what it is not. I would like you to read this with an open mind and also be willing to allow the Spirit of God to change your perception of love
What then is love?
At this juncture, I would say:
- God is love: God is love, and you can’t really love if you don’t know God.
1 John 4 v. 8(GNB) says, “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love,” and if we read further, verse 9 says, “And God showed his love for us by sending his only son into the world so that we might live through him.” God’s love towards you and me made Him give His only Son. My question to you is, “Are you living in his love?”
- Love gives: your love for someone or something should make you give willingly. If you truly love someone or something, you should be willing to give your time, money, and attention.
John 3 v. 16(GNB) says, “for God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not die but have eternal life.” God’s love for the world made Him give His Son to redeem us from the curse of the law and also give those that believe in Him life.
- Love is a choice: love is a choice, not a feeling. Therefore, you decide consciously to love someone or something. Humans are created with the power of choice; it is up to us to allow God’s word to find expression in our choices.
Deuteronomy 30 v. 19(GNB) says, “I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God’s blessing and God’s curse, and I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make, choose life.”
- Love sacrifices: 1 John 3 v. 16(GNB) says, “This is how we know what love is: Christ gave His life for us, we too, then, ought to give our lives to others.” It’s more than saying, “I love you,” what have you sacrificed for the love?
- Love is a command from God: God commands us to love our neighbors (see mark 12vs30-31) and to love one another. It would be difficult to love other people if you don’t love yourself, therefore, love yourself!
John 15 v. 12(GNB) says, “My commandment is this: love one another just as I love you.”
- Love has measures: the extent at which you grow and understand the love of Christ makes your love for people more profound.
Ephesians 3 v. 18 says “so that you, together with all God’s people; may have the power to understand how broad and long, how high and deep, is Christ’s love.”
- Love casts out fear: 1 John 4 v. 18(GNB) says, “There is no fear in love; perfect love drives out all fear. So then, love has not been made perfect in anyone who is afraid, because fear has to do with punishment” no other love is perfect except God’s love for us.”
Finally, 1 Corinthians chapter 13 and 14 further sums up what love is, choose love, and grow in it. Be intentional about showing love to people, grasp what the love of God is; you can’t choose love or show love if you don’t know what it is.
I pray that the Spirit of God reveals love to you this season. Amen!
The greatest you can have this season is the love of God.
I would love to recommend this song to you “wonderful love ” by Ccioma
Love from me to you.