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LOVE: What is Love as Defined ..........In the Bible?

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What is love?


Everybody loves to be loved, but only a few know how to love another person.  What many people call love is far from Love. I was reflecting on the trending story of the Indian man who beheaded his wife and took her head to the Police station to lodge a report, and claiming that she had been cheating on him despite his love and kindness to her.

Will such a man claim that he was in love with the wife? NO!  A person in love is incapable of hurting a 'fly', talk less of beheading his or her lover, no matter the offence.  

The few people who are in love knows there are rules to the game of love.  One of such rules is truth.  Love and truth go together.  What do I mean?  In a relationship, nothing should hinder the truth from being said.  No matter how bitter a truth is, let it be said and heard.

This will then lead to discrete investigation as to what gave rise to the complaints and how it can be resolved.  It is bad that a woman is cheating on the husband, but why?  Is it that the man is not providing enough money for her daily needs, or that the man is not satisfying her, or is it just a clear case of greed - the woman wanting to live an extravagant lifestyle, which the family cannot afford and she had to look elsewhere for money? 

A man in love will not be quick to judge.  He would rather ask himself these hard questions - Am I meeting the basic needs of my wife?  Am I satisfying her matrimonial needs?  Whatever you discover as the issue, causing her misconduct is then addressed, and taken out of the way for the bliss in the house to return.  

That is love.  According to the Bible, love is caring in action. Love isn't what we feel, but what we do.  The society meaning of love is certainly different from what the bible calls love.  Most often, love is confused with infatuation - that elated, "high" feeling we get when we "fall in love." This kind of "love" is not deep.  It is at best a 'surface' kind of love, which must be replaced with the true love, if the relationship will last.

Origin of Love

The Bible indicates that love is from God. In fact, the Bible says "God is love."1 Love is one of the primary characteristics of God. Likewise, God has endowed us with the capacity for love, since we are created in His image. This capacity for love is one of the ways in which we are "created in the image of God."

God knew that to love is not easy, so He made several attempts to get His people to love others, by giving the second most important commandment being to love your neighbours as yourselfves, and to underscore that everyone needs love including God Himself, God says "I love those who love Me".

God relates to us by the "agape." This love from God to us.  It is a non-partial, sacrificial love probably best exemplified by God's provision for, even when we are in rebellion:  "For God so loved (agape) the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

God's son as a provision for sin was given to all humans, regardless of who we are. God's love is unconditional.  But in contrast, our love is usually conditional and based upon how other people behave toward us. This kind of love is based upon familiarity and direct interaction. 

The Greek word "phileo" defines this kind of love, often translated "brotherly love." Phileo is a soulish kind of love - something that can be experienced by both believers and non-believers. This is in contrast to agape, which is love extended through the spirit. 

Agape love requires a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, since the non-regenerated soul is unable to love unconditionally. Agape love gives and sacrifices expecting nothing back in return.  God wants us to express agape love, fervent love, one from the heart towards our brethren.

If you are a Christian, you are encouraged to express Agape, spirit-led unconditional love to men, just as God expresses it to us.  

The most famous biblical chapter on love is: 1 Corinthians:

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 

If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 

For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 

Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:1-13)

I Corinthians 13:1-13 - Is  a good description of agape love. It is described as being patient, kind, truthful, unselfish, trusting, believing, hopeful, and enduring. It is not jealous, boastful, arrogant, rude, selfish, or angry. True love never fails. The description perfectly fits God's love toward us, and should be the way we love each other and God. However, I have never met any person who perfectly fulfills this biblical definition of love. 

The Bible says that this unconditional love is more important than everything else. It comes from the heart., and cannot be compared to prophecy, knowledge, faith, philanthropy and hope. All of these things, which are "good" things, will pass away. Only love is eternal, since love will be the basis of eternal life. 

Jesus said, "YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND." (Matthew 22:37). 

He then added that the second most important law was "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." Jesus said that the entire law was dependent upon these two commandments. 

Conclusion:

Friends, Give God praise for keeping you alive today.  Many promising guys,  great men have gone without achieving their goals and without knowing the Lord. You have a chance now to write your name in the book of life, by surrendering your heart to Jesus.

In a world that is full of trouble, Jesus will give you peace and very soon, the TRUMPET WILL SOUND.  The grace period will soon be over.

Repent of your sins, believe the word of God and His Son Jesus Christ.  Accept Jesus as the Lord of your life. Reject sin and live according to the Word of God and the Jesus will give you a new life, victory and eternal life.  Will you accept Him today?

Say this Prayer: 
Lord Jesus I come to you as a sinner.
I am sorry for my sins, forgive me.
I believe you died for my sins, and was raised for my justification. 
Come into my heart be my Lord and Saviour, 
Give me the grace to serve You in truth and spirit. 
Thank You for saving my soul - I am born again!

His grace be with you all. 




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