2.23.2009

Love?

love.

a four letter word that is so common. i hear it uttered daily.
i love that teacher. i love pizza. i love my computer. i love God.

I SO wish the English language was more descriptive. We have I like you, and I love you. That's it. Granted there are other expressions of affection that can be used, but they are not quite the same.

It says in 1 John 4 that God IS love. God=Love. That is huge. It tells me that the use of the word love, just like the use of God's name, is to be honored and respected. Not thrown like a cig butt out the window. God chooses to use the word to describe Himself, and His passion for us, I'm pretty sure that means we should think twice about the implications of the word before it comes out of our mouth!

The famous love chapter of 1 Corinthians 13 tells us about what God thinks love is. What true love really is. Not star-struck, immature love that you see in the movies and in so many high school relationships but true love. Love never fails, it will always remain. It lays down it's life for another. It is perfectly sacrificial and lowers itself even to the point of death if that is required.

It makes me think twice before using the word, granted I know that in this day and age, it is hard to avoid the word, and I am by no means saying that it is sinful to use it for things such as pizza, BUT I am saying that it is crucial to understand the real meaning of the word, especially before uttering it to another human. It says that you will always stand by them, you won't fail them, you will put them first; you have seen their faults, and still think they are marvelous. The word is saturated with meaning and commitment.

It makes me sad to hear it uttered to readily, so often said that people's hearts grow calloused to what true love is. They hear the word spoken to them, then feel that person slap them across the cheek, leave them abandoned, and trample their heart. They think that love is something you fall in and out of, something you can just walk away from.

What comfort comes from the fact that God renews our minds and our way of thinking about love. He must have known how distorted it would grow to be, and so He gave us clear instructions of what love is meant to look like, of how His love for us is the ultimate love, the love to fix our hearts and lives upon.
His love is vast and immeasurable,
never ending,
never fading.

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Eph 5:2 (msg)

His love was not cautious, but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.

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