Love. We sing about it. Movies are made about it. Writers devote entire careers to it. History tells us that some men have even fought wars over it, while others seem determined to destroy it.
The world has even set aside one whole day in February each year in honor of love. The shops are then filled with all things red, pink and heart-shaped, as we turn to thoughts of romance, candle-lit dinners…or of another dreaded evening spent alone.
But now that the last of the candy hearts, scented candles, and silk rose petals have been packed away, (only to be replaced with pastel eggs and chocolate bunnies), are we finding ourselves any closer to love, or is today just another day?
The truth is, we were designed with love, for love, to love. But before we talk about what love is, we’d better define what it isn’t.
1. Love isn’t seasonal. Love isn’t “here today, gone tomorrow.” Love, like God, is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8). You either love, or you don’t.
2. Love cannot be bought or sold. In Matthew 6:24 (NIV), Jesus tells his disciples that “you cannot serve both God and money.” And if God is love (1 John 4:8), then money has no bearing on love either!
3. Society can’t define it. Celebrity, fashion trends, race, social standing, educational achievement, country of origin, political party, skin tone, sports team, zodiac sign’ none of things that our society seems to hold in high regard can actually determine, define or dictate what love is.
4. It isn’t something you do “on the way past.” You can’t “fall out of love” if you’ve ever truly loved at all. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. Love is actually the thing that keeps you present and in the game (Ephesians 4:2).
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV) says:
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Verse eight goes on to say that love never fails. Why? Because love transcends all things. If you’re looking for love, know that above all, love is a way of life.
Look for PART II of our series on Love on Westa.org…