Saturday, June 25, 2016

What is Love?

I don't like most commercials, but ones with little children nearly always catch my attention. The Shriners use handicapped children to inform about all the good things they do, hoping, I assume, for donations.

The commercial I like best is the one where the children answer the question, "What is love?"

"Love is you like someone or something."
"Love is dancing."

Their answers are precious and heartfelt. If asked, how would we adults answer this question?

"Love is caring for someone more than ourselves."
"Love is an extreme affection for another."
"Love wants to give, not get."

All are great answers. My invaluable Roget's Super Thesaurus gives, as synonyms for love, "endearment, devotion, adoration, fondness, closeness intimacy, passion, crush, attachment," among many others ranging from a friend to a soulmate.

True Story
A few years ago, my oldest daughter and a young gentleman were great friends. They told each other about ones they dated. They spent a lot of time together in church work and fun stuff. My daughter began to see a change in her feelings, and she asked me, "How do you know when you're in love?"

"Why?" I asked.

"Well, lately, I just want to do anything and everything to please Mark, even if it's not what I want to do."

"You're in love," I told her.

The Bible tells us:

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 
                                                             1 Corinthians 13 4-8 (the love chapter)
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.                                                                                             1 Peter 4:8
   Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
                                                              John 15:13        
All this has been running through my mind this last week. The more I think about it, the more that I realize the answer to my question is:
What is love? Love is God

Don't just say "I love you," to God. Say, "I love you, too" because He first loved us.
                                                            Beth Moore
In my Wednesday night Bible study, a sweet teacher friend told us that during a book reading in her class about a grandpa and a little boy, the boy wanted the grandpa to promise he would never leave him. The grandpa told the boy, "I love you, and that's better than any promise."
We may want God to promise that we'll get well, or that our husband won't leave, or our child won't die. He may promise that, but He may not. Instead of promising that, God might be saying, "I love you, and that's better than any promise."
The warm days allow for nice mornings to sit on my patio for my quiet time. I hear "I love you" in ever chirp of the bird or flit of the butterfly's wings. Love surrounds us.
I am in awe of God. An old song reminds us to write God's love would take an ocean of ink and a parchment stretching the globe.
Thank you, Lord.
I love you, too.

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