This Thing Called Love

Recently I was asked to submit an article on the topic of “Love” to Vecny Zivot, a Christian Slovak publication. Thought I would share it with my readers.

What is This Thing Called Love?

How do you know when you are in the presence of love?

Is it a feeling? A state of being?

Well, not exactly.

Well, not exactly.

It’s easy for us to speak of love as if it were a big bowl of chocolate: creamy and  delicious.

Everyone wants it.

But, wait. We have an entire chapter in the Bible devoted to its description. And it’s pretty tough.  Here are some of the Apostle Paul’s thoughts on the nature of love:

  •    It is patient (very patient)
  • ·  It is not possessive or competitive
  • ·  It is not rude
  •   It bears all things (endures wrongs and doesn’t share them with others)
  •   It believes all things (is not cynical)
  • ·It hopes all things (stays positive)
  •  And it endures all things (resists the temptation to return evil for evil).

It governs its thoughts.

Love is the essence of God, the character of Christ.

But what is it exactly?

Go ahead. Be awesome.

Go ahead. Be awesome.

Fact is, we only know we are in the presence of love when we see it in action. Feelings of love without the expression of love are lifeless and powerless.

Think about that.

In his book, Love Does, Bob Goff writes: I used to think being a believer was enough, but now I know Jesus wants us to participate, no matter what condition we’re in.

Love acts. It reaches out. It does not refrain from doing good.

As Christians, we are children of God and, therefore, children of love. Christianity is a revelation of love. And it is our ministry in the world.

Sometimes in our daily lives we forget this.

We may have been raised in the church and be familiar with all its workings. We may know the Word and be skilled in preaching or teaching. We may exercise spiritual gifts.

But if we are not acting in love, then all of those things are noise with no substance (I Cor 13:1).

God so loved the world that He gave and loved and gave and loved. He demonstrated that:

  • Love is the strongest sustaining power in the universe. We can rest in the knowledge of God’s love for us.
  • Love is the strongest resisting power. When we are preoccupied with the work of love, temptation has far less effect on us.
  • Love is the strongest attracting power. Few human beings can resist the power of God’s love generously shared by His people.

You and I have been called to do the marvelous work of love. No need to delay.

Who knows what God is waiting to do through us?

What is love doing today through you?

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