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What is Love?



What is love? An emotion? A desire? A verb? What is it? Everyone has different pictures come to mind when they hear the word love. Most of these pictures are very skewed, but why? Shouldn’t the word love be reserved for a small number of things in our lives? Why do people throw the word love around like it is part of a game of hot potato?

Let me paint you a picture of what should pop into your head when you hear the word love. Love is your savior hanging on a cross in pure agony for the sins that you commit. Love is a God that loves you SO much that he has given his son to take your rightful place. Love is a mother meeting her new born child. Love is a grandmother cooking a family meal. Love is your spouse staying awake with you because you are too worried about your job interview to sleep. Love is defined as an intense feeling of deep affection.

As a whole, my generation does not have a grasp on what love actually means. Love is more than a word used to describe something that you like. Learn the difference between liking and loving. I like going to the mall, I like Patagonia pullovers, and I like listening to country music, but I don’t love it. That’s the problem. We throw love around like it’s just another word in our vocabulary. You do not love your shoes, you do not love the boy/girl that you met a week ago, and you most definitely do not love the t-shirt that you just ordered. These are all things that we tend to “love” on a daily basis.  Save the word love for your family, your significant other, and your best friends. Most importantly, use the word love to describe how you feel about your savior. He can define love better than any human:

What is love?

“Whoever does not love does not know God because God is love.” 1 John 4:8

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