What is love?
We say love is an emotion, a word, expensive gifts, hugs and kisses. Love! Love! This is what runs in most people’s minds especially in the month of February. The streets have also changed their appearance; more stores embracing the theme of love by stocking valentine gifts, wrappings and flowers for buyers at enticing prices. Many refer to this time as the theme of love, the month of love simply the love moments. It is good to be loved or express love and love to other people. In February, there are many expectations and assumptions on different ways of expressing love; eat at a restaurant, having a candle light dinner, receive or give roses and chocolates to and from a loved one, buying or receiving expensive gifts among many others. We all need a bit of love; let us look into God’s word concerning love.
God has given us a much deeper meaning of the word LOVE through His Word. Out of the many places in God’s word the most prominent scenes of God’s love took place in John 3:16,
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.’’
Which king would sacrifice His son for the whole world to be liberated from sin as long as they believe? If this is not the greatest act of love, I do not understand what sort of love you refer to.
The Scripture tells us that God is love and love is God. God’s word is the greatest love story that we could get to read; it displays God’s great extend of love. How does He do this? This love is the purest form of love, limitless, endures forever and encompasses more than life. He gives us love and it is our duty as Christians to share this love. St. Paul illustrates to the Corinthians in his first letter, the characteristics of love.
- Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy it does not boast, it is not proud. 5. It is not rude it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. 6. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth. 7. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
Let us not restrict God’s love to Valentines or any other festive season or period of our lives but share love all through our life as God loved Jesus. I hope that this Word blesses someone somewhere and change their perception of this beautiful gift that has been bestowed upon us free of charge.