What does it mean to love? Does it mean giving someone what they want? Does it mean never getting angry? One definition of love by dictionary.com is “a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.”
I am going to say that love first came from God. Without love from God, I would say that we wouldn’t know how to love at all. Think of it in this way: You have a cup – even better – you are a cup. God’s love goes into you, and then that love flows out to other people.
God’s love is unconditional. He loves us no matter what we do. His love for us isn’t based on certain conditions. Wow! If it were, then we are so sinful that He wouldn’t love us. Think on that.
God’s love is stable, perfect, and permanent. (Cf. Romans 8:38-39, John 15:9-10, 1 John 3:1,16, 1 John 4:7-21)
The following two quotes came from a devotional that I have:
When you establish that God is your first priority, your primary focus, indeed your first love, then you are in the very best position to love someone else.
The young man and the young woman were so engrossed with themselves that they missed out on the most meaningful and significant love experience in life – praising and worshipping their God.
The Bible says that God is love. While some – including myself – think that the following is a cliché, it really is the Biblical definition of love:
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends…
– 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
I want my definition of love to encompass those Biblical principles.
What do you think love is?
– Adam Smith