Love. A sonorous word upon first encounter. Resounding, reverberant and thoroughly overwhelming. So very many people have tried to describe this feeling, this… the dictionary doesn’t quite know what to do with it. It claims love to be both noun and verb, a thing like a twig or a stone and at the same time an action, a demonstration, an effort. I can’t bring myself to believe that love is something that can be picked up and stored, or thrown away and forgotten: it’s powerful. It’s packed with potential. Love is too vast to be pocketed like an object. It’s so transparent, yet so heavy. It lingers when all else fades. It motivates, propels, inspires, and has the ability to drive one to extremes. It would seem that love could be a dangerous thing, but not just a thing. It’s a result, a conclusion, a culmination. Love is huge and mighty yes, but it’s also quiet, discreet, gentle, delicate. It’s whispered in secret and met in humility.
Love. So very many things come to mind along with that ample word, but foremost in my mind is God: love’s own instigator. God’s love is literally divine. It’s flawless. Because God is love.
Think about this: I can try to define love as much as I want -and that was originally what I set out to do- until I realized: Love without God is fake. Marred. It is simply us creating a counterfeit of God’s original.
I set out to try to define love. To seize it and contain it so that I could march around it and interrogate it at my leisure. But I was chasing after the wrong love. That distorted specimen would yield only twisted results and in the end become useless. True Love cannot be contained.
1 John 4:7-19 says: Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us.