What Is Love?
by Barry Bennett
What is love?
We speak of loving ice cream or cookies and then speak of loving God. We say that we love a person, but we are prepared for love to fade over time.
Human love is often based on the perceived value of the thing or person that is loved. As we all know, people and things change over time. Thus, human love will move on to the newest thing or person that seems of more value than the older thing or person that once was loved.
This is the reason for so many divorces. Human love is driven to satisfy its own desires.
God’s love is not based in the attractiveness of the person or thing, but rather it arises in the heart of the Lover regardless of the condition of the one loved. God’s love reaches out to all men and women regardless of their condition, beauty or what they can do for the Lover. It is an unconditional love based on the heart of the Lover (God) that knows no limitations or boundaries.
The Bible declares that God is love and that He so loved us that He sent Jesus to die for us to set us free from sin and death.
Is it possible that God’s love can fade over time? Are you valuable enough in His eyes to keep His love from drifting to someone more deserving?
God’s love springs from His heart and is infinite and unwavering. This love does not fade with time.
This love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy, does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; it bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. This Love never fails.
When we measure love in terms of value, we will all come up short. We are all far too aware of our faults and failures. If God only loves the lovely, then we are all at risk. That is the difference between human love and divine love. God’s love is not based upon our value or performance, but upon His integrity and decision to lay down His life for us.
That same divine love now lives in us and is available to give to others. Don’t base your love for others on their value to you, but rather on their infinite value to God.