[As "Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to kick this series off with a teaching pertaining to this day of love as the world sees it.]
Love: (dictionary.com defines it as) a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
What does "love" mean to you? This weekend we celebrate love, all kinds, but have we truly sat down and went over what that means to us. Is it a person, a place, a thing, or is it yourself?
We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. (1 John 4:16)
The month of "love," is upon us, and with February being deemed the month of love, the color red, lots of chocolates, stuffed animals, and balloons are sure to be seen everywhere.
But I ask you, is love any one of these things I have mentioned, or is it something else?
If you look to the scripture above, it states that God is love. If this is the case, then why does love need to be given as a material gift? Why is love wrapped, and packaged nicely with candy? How come helium is encased in foil, or latex and this becomes love?
Now if love is a day, then this means, once this day has come and gone, there's no longer love in this world till this day comes around again.
If love is a place, then this means all the love needed to give to every humanbeing on earth, would have to be stored in this place. This would be a gigantic! place; monumental in size.
If love is a thing. This just sounds terrible just writing it; a thing! If love is a thing, I don't know about you, but I want no part of it.
Is love the all encompassing feeling? If so, do we not feel differently, at different times? You have heard it. 'I know I love him, because I feel it.'
Well, if you feel love, that means you can also [Not] feel love, and this means love is a random act. It doesn't stand the test of time; it is not just love, but something that just happens on the spur of the moment.
Is love simply ourselves? If this is true, than just loving yourself would be a selfish act. It would be extremely greedy, and no one else could feel this love from you. This can't be true, as a mother loves her children. A father loves his son. Parents love their children. Singularly, and jointly, we are created to love others. Therefore, love is not just yourself.
[look up 1 Corinthians 13:1-13] it's awesome. It's in the New Testament portion of the Holy Bible.
What's left? We've covered a day; a place; a thing, a feeling, and yourself. Yet, we really haven't found out what love truly is. Maybe love doesn't exist. Maybe it is all make believe, or maybe it is a dream. If this is true, than billions of people are wrong, and have been terribly misled.
This can't be the case. I have heard that 'love is just love.' It doesn't ask, or want. It doesn't grow impatient, and is never unkind.
Love knows no jealousy, or what it is to be proud.
Love will never allow you to be rude, or demanding.
Love will never bring up the past, and will always have a man or a woman eager to return home to their spouse.
Love will never allow you to be the faithless, or a person who gives in, and gives up.
Love makes you a hopeful individual, and will give you a strength to endure everything, and anything.
Now, we come to the last question. Is love a person? If love is a person, then all the people who feel love could identify with this person.
If love is a person, then this person themselves would know exactly what love is. This person would experience love all the time. This person would've needed to create love to be love.
Now the word created means; to cause something/someone to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes.
The bible teaches that God created man and woman from man. Meaning they would embody all things to do with love (a person).
The bible also teaches that God wanted for man and woman to be fruitful and multiply (love is not selfish).
The bible doesn't teach God saying he wanted us to be limited; to settle; to lust after; to show love by giving others things, balloons, candy, or even stuffed animals. The bible doesn't teach that love last a specific amount of days, or even (a day/Valentine's day).
The bible teaches that love is a person (a personal individual) who created all things, and it all starts with this love (a person), and the words go like this.
In the beginning...
God bless you all, and may you all have this Love in you.
The below statement was sent to me by a friend. I love this friend, as I love God (unwavering). Because I love God, I love this friend.
As you all know I am struggling with "WHAT IS LOVE TO ME?" Today I found that in; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. That is my love.