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What Is Love?

People always say that God is love, but what is love? The Haddaway song never answers the question. All Haddaway asks is that his baby doesn’t hurt him no more. Is love just a feeling we get? I mean, after all what is this crazy little thing called love?
I say I love Nintendo, but do I really love it? No… I just really like Nintendo. That is a classic example of how much the word love gets thrown around. It almost loses its meaning.
Well I did some biblical research, and as it turns out, we get an exact definition of love. Now I’m not saying the dictionary’s definition which simply says, “a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person”. I mean the real definition. If God is perfect and yet He is love all at the same time, that means His love is perfect. Mind blowing stuff, I know.
I recommend reading all of 1 Corinthians 13, but here is what 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says:
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.”
Wow. Who can honestly say that they treat their significant other or family like this? I know I can’t. But I now know what I should be striving for.
I have a thought. Let’s use other words besides love to describe our feelings towards things. There is no way we are fulfilling God’s definition of love when it comes to a meal you ate or that meme online. Love should be reserved for the important people in your life–and Nintendo.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

By Wesley Wood

Wesley Wood is an aspiring film director. He would love to make GOOD films to help spread God's word and help Christians grow.

4 replies on “What Is Love?”

“Love is an act of the will (it’s a choice) accompanied (not led) by emotion that leads to action (it’s proved by our efforts) on behalf of its object.” – Voddie Baucham

1 Corinthians 13 – these words are used at every wedding I have attended, my own, and every wedding ceremony I have performed. They are thrown around just as much, if not more than the 3 words you tell your significant other. I don’t believe it is as much as a definition as it is a generalization of how you and your spouse should act toward each other if you are truly in love, and how you should love God and accept his love for things that you don’t understand (the loss of a loved one, world war, poverty).However, I believe there are varying degrees of love. If God is love I am sure that he / she has their favorites. It’s hard not to with your children. God did have an entire race that was favored after all. To pick a story Elijah comes to mind. God loved Elijah so much that he / she was angered when the children made fun of him. Elijah cursed them in the name of the lord instead of turning the other cheek. They say God loves all his children but it is obvious that Elijah was the favorite in this case because 2 bears came out and killed an astonishing number of the children(42). I think there are just varying degrees of love and it is fine to say that you love something(inanimate object, person, animal) as long as you don’t put it above your beliefs it shouldn’t be an issue. Point being if God has favorites / varying degrees for things he loves I think it is okay that we do as well.

A) Those children God sent the bears to kill were not necessarily His children. The Bible says basically that God “adopts” people who accept Him and love Him or want to love Him, the people who accept His invitation to be His children. So if those children were making fun of a man who had the hand of God upon him for not having hair on his head and God sent bears at Elisha’s request….. I would have to assume that those were not His children.
B) Why do you say he/she? You seem to have a decent knowledge of the Bible, or at least that story (besides the fact that it was EliSHa who was made fun of after he had inherited EliJah’s mantle), and you are talking about the God of the Bible, not just some random god that was made up. The God of the Bible is very distinctly male, so if you are referring to Him, especially in using a familiar story to make a point, please have your facts accurate.
C) Of course you can have varying degrees of love. Me loving a boyfriend is quite different from me loving a brother or father or mother or friend or sister, I would think. But just because something has varying degrees doesn’t mean anything relating to that merits the use of the word. For example, there is no such thing as cold; it’s just a lower degree (quite literally) of heat. You wouldn’t go outside when it’s 28 degrees Fahrenheit and say, “Man, it’s hot outside today.” You probably wouldn’t even say, “Man, it’s warm outside today.” You are quite likely to say, “It’s pretty cold.” Those words indicate a distinction in varying degrees. By saying it’s cold, you mean that there is little heat. They are both describing an amount of heat or energy. But it’s still a different word from “hot.” That’s the point here- using appropriate words to describe your feelings or choices. If you have varying degrees of love for something or someone, use the appropriate term to describe it. Don’t say, “I love grilled cheese” when you mean “I very much enjoy the taste of grilled cheese” or something like that. Of course, it doesn’t have to be so formal or whatever, but if you want there to be a distinction between “I love grilled cheese” and “I love my spouse,” then please use distinctly different words. Don’t say it’s hot when you mean it’s cold.

I will address the comments and concerns in order.

A) I will give you this one that maybe not children but loved yes. Every Christians favorite quote from the scripture John 3:16. So he should have loved both EliSHa and the children that he made 2 bears maul to death.
B) I think that the term “Facts” should be left out, but I will humor you for a moment. Take you back to Genesis. “Then God said, ‘Let us make MAN in our image, in our likeness, and let THEM rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created MAN in his own image, in the image of God he created HIM; MALE and FEMALE he created THEM”. It is all interpretation so you can not have any facts in there what soever. I would like to think that God is a woman personally. The saying Hell knoweth no furry like a women scorned. I don’t think a man would have flooded the earth, but just my opinion. I wasn’t there so I can not speak from fact, but to be truthful I know the he / she is neither so we are both wrong. You will discover when investigating this question that God is neither man nor woman but a spirit. John 4:24 states, “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” – Just to name 1 I am sure a google search or your own study time will turn up more supporting arguments here.
C) I don’t really know where to start here because you C is all over the place. I guess I could just leave you here with 1 Corinthians 14:34 as I had planned to do in the beginning, but that seems harsh when I had a chance to maybe educate someone a little bit. You bounce all over the place with this one I guess a good place to start is in the beginning so I will try that… here it goes…

(feeble attempt at arguing my case) (succeeding to do so, but comes across as combative and not my intent)

NM… I can’t really do your C without taking it a bit to far and getting in to the whole love thing and no matter how it comes out sounds like I am attacking you or saying that you love your father the way you do your boyfriend because of a Lot reference that it was built around.That is not my intent. So until we meet again in the realm of keyboard warriors. Take care.

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