Guest Author - Preena Deepak
Love is the most profound of all human emotions. Though hard to describe, love has the potential to bring out the best and the worst in a person. Songs, movies, notes, diamonds and flowers are all mushy expressions of love which soon die down, leaving an empty void in the heart which continues to long for something more concrete, something true.
What does the Bible say about love? A lot! If there was another name for the Bible, it could be nothing other than ‘A book of love’. The love that the Bible talks about is not the fickle love the world dotes over. It is a love that is not determined by ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’. What is this love all about then? 1 Corinthians 13, the love passage in the Bible, has this to say this.
•Love is patient
•Love is kind
•Love does not envy
•It (Love) does not boast
•It (Love) is not proud
•It (Love)does not dishonor others
•It (Love)is not self-seeking (selfish)
•It (Love) is not easily angered
•It (Love) keeps no record of wrongs
•Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
•It (love) always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
•Love never fails
Maybe after reading this, you find it a divine, unattainable description of love. There is some truth to your assertion. No man or woman may be capable of giving such a love. The love passage of the Bible is a description of God’s love. However, God equips people to live with this kind of true love.
God’s love is summed up in these two verses from the Bible.
“… 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. John 3:16
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
By sending His spotless Son to die for sin ridden man, God proved His unconditional love. Those who believe in Christ, no doubt experience an over flooding of God’s love in their lives. The joy that accompanies this love is one of true happiness at finding real love. This love that fills a believer’s heart fits the description mentioned above from the love passage, 1 Corinthians 13. No one filled with God’s love remains content but goes out to show this same pure love to those around. In this way, even ordinary people learn to express a true love, without any deception and false motives to each other.
Man’s quest to love and be loved is entirely met only in God, for God is love.
Scripture quotations have been taken from the New International Version
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Buy "Reduce Me to Love: Unlocking the Secret to Lasting Joy" by Joyce Meyer
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