What is Love?
In today’s society, love is most often contemplated as a romantic innervation between two people. However, it also exists between friends, relatives, and even your worst enemies. When you say, “I love you” to someone or you say that you love something, do you know what you are saying? Do you have any conception of what the word love means? You can look at the definition of love in two ways: what love means biblically and the modern secular definition of love.
Love is the most immense gift we can ever hope to give or receive. It is a vigorous thing. Love can turn frowns into smiles and even help mend the most broken heart. Love can overcome the most burdensome times you are faced with in life. It can turn all ugliness to the most ravishing portrait we could ever have the pleasure to behold.
Love is often mistaken for rebounding. When you start a relationship instantly after one was just concluded, you are not really in love. You are “playing the field”. Most people who go through this are the ones who haste into things just so they will not experience desolation. They convince themselves that they are in love when, actually, they are missing the safety and comfort of the relationship they left behind.
In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul argues that love is an action, not an emotion. The kind of love Paul talks about is seen, demonstrated, and experienced. The first three verses of chapter 13 confer that love is greater than any spiritual gift. He mentions six of the spiritual gifts: tongues, prophecy, knowledge, faith, giving, and martyrdom. Paul says, “you can speak in tongues all you want but if you don’t have love, you are merely making a lot of noise.” Love is an eternal gift. In verse 18 when he says love never fails, he means that it is infinite.
The modern secular definition of love is an emotion or feeling. When one says, “I love food, I love sports, I love that house, etc.”, they are selfishly loving worldly things. As true followers of...