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What Is Love

Most of us can probably remember the old song, What’s Love Got To Do With It. From the worlds’ view it is just an emotion, but from God’s view it is a devotion.  What is the difference, emotional love is usually focused on self, but God-like love is focused on others.   God showed his love for us by giving His son to die in our place (John 3:16); Jesus said, “Greater love has no man than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).  When asked about the greatest commandment Jesus answered, love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27).

So what does that kind of love look like?  It is shown by loving others as God loved us, sharing with them they love He has shared with us.  How do we do that?  Renewal – we need a new understanding of what love is.  Renewal takes us to this idea, serving in love – Not for the accolades of others, not to make ourselves feel good, but so that God can be seen in us and so that others can also experience God’s love.

Another song stated, “I wanna know what love is, I want you to show me”.  In a world full of hurt and pain, people desperately want and need to know that love is God—He showed us His love through Christ, who laid down his life so that we could find life eternal (1John 3:16).  As we learn to love God with all we show others that same kind of love, laying down our lives and serving them in love.  Who can you serve in love today?  Love them like God loved you!


November 10, 2009 - Posted by | discipleship

1 Comment »

  1. I think without truely looking at and trying to comprehend God’s love for us we can never, nor will ever reflect His love in our life and therefore our actions. In the ancient Greek language “agape” is used to explain Gods love. A brief study of this word isn’t really enough. The Greek language is very discriptive and a single word can be an entire paragraph of description. Agape is one of those words in which the translation can never be one word but in our attempt to over simplify we use “love” and “charity” interchangebly.

    In a very simple search through out the Bible we see many examples of Gods “agape” for His creation.

    Comment by Ralph Gale | November 23, 2009 | Reply

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