What is this thing called love?
Ahhhh love… The unexplainable butterfly in the tummies when you least expect it. The amazing feeling of belonging, comfort and security. Love is free – it can’t be bought, sold or traded. You can’t make someone love you nor can you prevent it. Love strikes like lightning – unpredictable and irrefutable.
In the book, The Love Dare, as featured in the film, Fireproof, it says “Love is a decision, not a feeling.” The reason that this is so powerful, is because feelings sway from one moment to the next. But when you make a decision to love, it doesn’t sway even in the hardest circumstances. When you marry someone, you make a decision to love that person for better or for worse. The questionremains, do we love unconditionally?
Love in its purest form ultimately comes from God and God alone.
God is love
The most popular verse to describe/explain love is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” Watch this – if you replace the word “love” with “God” throughout 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, it becomes evident how God himself is love.
“God is patient, God is kind. He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud. God does not dishonor others, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. God always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
This is the description of love and because God is love this illustrates God’s nature and affection for people.
God’s love is unconditional. Just so we could experience His amazing love, He sent His son to die for us. His love always existed for us even before we were aware we needed His love. There isn’t anything we can do to deserve God’s love but yet He gives so freely.
It’s also through His love for us, we can love others unconditionally. 1 John 4:19, “We love because He first loved us.” God’s love transcends the human definition of love.