Love is one of those words that, I believe, has lost most if not all of it’s meaning. It is thrown around so much, to describe so many different things, that it’s potency has all but diminished. For example, in any given day you’ll use the word ‘love’ like this…
- Oh my gosh…I LOVE that! (in reference to a blouse or new outfit your looking at)
- I absolutely loved it! (in reference to the latest movie you watched)
- I love pizza…chocolate…ice cream…cheesecake…(self explanatory)
- I love you! (could be in reference to your husband…or your kid…or your pet)
You see what I mean?!
It get’s even more dicey when you ask people to describe what ‘real love’ looks like, however, in an effort to not get a bunch of hate mail, I won’t give you any examples. Feel free to imagine your own!
Wouldn’t it be great, if someone, somewhere, could actually speak with authority on this subject? My goodness, why can’t it just be boiled down to the essence of what love really is, and put it in a way that everyone can understand? If we can come up with clearly understood and widely accepted meanings of silly words like skedaddle, cattywampus, and discombobulate, why can’t we with a simple four letter word like LOVE!
WHY CAN’T SOMEONE JUST TELL US WHAT LOVE REALLY IS…
16 This is how we know what real love is: Jesus gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 Suppose someone has enough to live and sees a brother or sister in need, but does not help. Then God’s love is not living in that person. 18 My children, we should love people not only with words and talk, but by our actions and true caring. – 1 John 3:16-18 NCV
…oh, yeah, I guess that’ll work, thanks!