For many years I have wrestled with the definition of love.
During recent research, I came across this definition about love on GoodTherapy.org:
“Love is a complex set of emotions, behaviors and beliefs associated with strong feelings of affection, protectiveness, warmth, and respect for another person.”
This definition implies that we love someone because of our connection to them. This definition speaks of human love. Human love is conditional.
There are several avenues that love can be expressed depending on your religious, ethnic, spiritual, cultural and national backgrounds.
In my culture, love is expressed by a sincere giving.
Some people express love through kisses, hugs, singing a song or writing poems. However, these avenues of expressing love are not enough to fulfill our needs. In Christianity, we believe in giving tithes and offerings as an expression of love for God.
Of course, there are many ways to express our love for God.
Maya Angelou wrote that, “love recognizes no barriers.” You may be wondering how does this quote connects to the topic of this column. There is one genuine, sacrificial and unconditional love that originates from God.
Scripture tells us in 1 John 4:8 that “God is Love.”
How do you comprehend this truth? One of the well-known verses in the Bible — John 3:16 — reads, “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.”
Notice the phrase “for God so loved the world.” This phrase is a clear demonstration of massive love that God has bestowed on us. This is the deepest and highest form of love that we need. This type of love — God’s love — is distinguished from human love.
God’s love is not based on emotions or feelings. God does not love us because we are good people, or because we exalt him. God loves us because he is love.
I am here to encourage everyone including those who feel discouraged, hopeless, unloved, rejected, empty, broken-hearted and confused.
We all need God’s love because it goes beyond human comprehension. God demonstrated his love by sacrificing his only son so that by putting our faith in his son our sins would be forgiven. Although we reject God, he looks for us and embraces us in his open arms.