What is love?

Webster’s defines love as a noun and a verb:

  • As a noun, love means: “strong affection to another arising out of kinship or personal ties; attraction based on sexual desire; affection based on admiration or common interests; a warm attachment; unselfish benevolent concern…” etc.
  • As a verb, love means: “to hold dear or cherish; to feel a lover’s passion, devotion, or tenderness for; to like or desire actively; to thrive in”

There’s a song that came out a few years ago by Ingrid Michaelson called “Everybody“. The hook to the song goes “Everybody, everybody wants to love. Everybody, everybody wants to be loved. Oh-oh-oh” ♪  Isn’t that so true? We all desire to love and to be loved. It’s built into us. It’s part of who we are as human beings. It’s even said that infants who are not physically held and nurtured with skin to skin contact eventually become ill and are more prone to die.  The very act of being held/loved is vital to their survival and well-being.

Even as we grow and age, we crave love and if we don’t get it in ample doses or in healthy ways, then we feel a void within. We may attempt to fill this void in various ways (healthy or unhealthy). Through relationships, acclaim, acceptance or promotion at work, you name it.  But what about God’s love? Maybe you’ve heard at some point in your life thus far, that God loves you. But this idea is abstract because you’ve only experienced a lack of love in your life. And you may say, “If there is a God out there… if he’s anything like (my dad, my mom, my priest, my teacher, my boss…[fill in the blank]) then I don’t want any parts of him.” If you’ve not been fortunate enough to have had any healthy representation of love in your life, it would definitely be difficult to imagine that there’s a God who loves you unconditionally.  But there is.

You see, God is the embodiment of love. God’s love is selfless, sacrificial and unconditional…not to mention everlasting. It’s everything ‘love’ should be.  We can’t mess up enough to stop him from loving us. If we feel like we’re not good enough, he says we are. If we have been conditioned to believe that love always leaves or rejects, he reassures us that his love always stays. You know that whole “John 3:16” thing that you see at football games?  It’s a message written in the bible that says “For God so loved the world that he sent his only Son (Christ) that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life.”  Your life is invaluable and God’s love for you is eternal.  Yes, it’s up to you if you believe that or not, but, I figured I’d tell and let you decide for yourself. Toodles. 🙂 ♥

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