What is love? That is a tough question to answer in our world today. Because of all the hatred portrayed in front of us, but also because of how watered down love has become in our culture.
We throw love around casually in conversations. We toss the word love loosely in our everyday interactions. We have TV shows, like the Bachelor and Bachelorette, that tells us love is the fantasy suite or love is a rose. We have songs that tell us that love is a secondhand emotion. The definition of love has become so construed because everywhere we turn we are shown love is this or we are told love is that.
What is love? Love is not a feeling because feelings can come and go. Love is not an emotion because emotions change more often than the four seasons. Love is not a verb because it is not some action that can be performed. Love is not the fantasy suite because fantasies soon fade away. Love is not a rose because rose petals fall off and die.
What is love? In 1 Corinthians 13, which has been famously coined “The Love Chapter,” the apostle Paul pens the true meaning of love as defined by the One, God, who is love. Now love isn’t something God feels, love isn’t an emotion that God has, love isn’t something God does; love is who He is. Love is His character. Love is His make up. Love is the very essence of His being. Love is His DNA. And this is what the One who is love says love is “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. Love never fails.”
You see we wouldn’t pass the word love around like it’s going out of style when we know what love truly means. You see our relationships would remain strong when we define love like that. You see our marriages wouldn’t fail when we see each other with eyes of love like that.
A love like that is all we need to keep our lives from falling apart. A love like that is what holds our world together. And a love like that is all it took for Jesus to give his life for you and for me.
So I ask you again. What is love?