What Is Love?

That sounds like a ridiculous question, doesn’t it?  And yet can you really give an understandable answer?  As I was fixing breakfast this morning and thinking, the Lord I profess to love asked me that question.  Of course we can come up with a portion of that answer – it’s a big feeling we have for someone or something, it brings us joy in the midst of each day, it’s important for our well-being and it most assuredly makes us feel good.  Is there anything else?  Oh yes, sometimes it requires sacrifice. Those are all understandable answers to a simple question, but is it really that simple?  I don’t think so.  If it were surely our world would be different.

I tried to tell the Lord that I wasn’t qualified to write about this subject, but He reminded me that He is and that I am simply a decent steno.  So what are we missing when it comes to the subject of love?  I wonder if we set our own parameters when we think of love.  Most of us try to be good people and help meet needs that we see, but that is not really love, that is often just our conscience needling us to be kind knowing that is what our Lord expects.  When and why does being kind turn into love?  I believe that is when it quits being an action and becomes something we really have no choice over; something that simply springs from who we really are; the who God made us to be.

There are more scriptures having to do with love than any other subject in the Word of God. (No I can’t prove it, it’s just my opinion.  You can figure it out when you have time.)  You will find it spoken of by many of the followers of Jesus.  Peter advises us to above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins (1:4:8).  Timothy tells us Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith (1:1:5).  John gets into the act by reminding us that this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also (1:4:21)And finally Paul, the one who had the most to learn, admits in the book of Corinthians that Love never fails.  But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away (1:13:8) – But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away (10).

You really don’t need any other arguments to get the message.  Would it make a difference in the way our world turns?  Would we be facing another war or maybe even extermination due to a nuclear bomb?  I don’t think we could find a time any more suited to being fixed by the simple action of “loving one another”.  Do you?

I am already hearing your agreement, but also your awareness of the impossibility of the situation.  I think I remember hearing most of my life that nothing is impossible with God.  Just maybe this is another one of those times.  We may not be able to change things in a day, a week or even a month, but I believe I remember hearing that there is no restriction on putting one’s hand to the plow.  Our loving heavenly Father is the only one who can and will control the days ahead of us and who knows, He may simply be waiting for us to desire and ask for His help.  It surely can’t hurt us in this situation and just maybe it can and will give us a workable solution.  The God who created us and placed us in His created world knew what He was doing, knew what we would face and knew what the solution would be before He ever began.  It was His plan to send His Son to be our Savior that we couldhave a fresh beginning and also His plan to send the Holy Spirit to be our helpmate as we strive to live the life He created us for.  Do you think we could look at our situation from His prospective – the possibility?

O Love that wilt not let me go, I rest my weary soul in Thee;
I give Thee back the life I owe, that in Thine ocean depths its flow
may richer, fuller be.

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA