Wednesday, July 27, 2011


What is love? Websters defines it as: 1. strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties 2. attraction based on sexual desire : affection and tenderness felt by lovers. 3. affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests.

I disagree almost completely with this definition and truthfully was appalled by parts of it. What a world we live in where love is actually defined by something involving sexual intimacy. Love has nothing to do with sexual desire. How could it? Love began with the Creator of the Universe, and He most certainly does not desire anyone sexually.

I began thinking how distorted our world has made love. How ugly and demeaning it has become. Love is not based on common interests, because interests can change and love never changes. Love is not an attraction because attraction can change as well.

So I started to think, what is love to me?

Love to me starts with a love for God. Loving Him is the only way we can love someone else. When we are not in a love relationship with Him, we cannot begin to love someone else. Love starts with God, and was magnified with His sons death on the cross. The love that Jesus showed is what true, pure, abounding love means. Willingly giving yourself up for the welfare of those you love. Are we as humans willing to do this?

So many people say a mother's love is pure. That we will do anything for our children's best interest. I find this to be true, for the most part. But, the only way we can truly do what is best for our children is when we first choose to love God, Christ and His Spirit.

If we are not willing to put the kingdom first in our life, and thus, our children's life, we are not truly willing to do anything for them. If we are not willing to teach them God's commandments and put them on the path towards His righteous kingdom, than we are not willing to give them what is best for them. Christ is what is best for everyone, although the majority of our dying world does not see this.

I think this is where the misconception comes from with love. We seek what we "desire" with our sinful hearts. We seek what we "think" is best outside of our relationship with the epitome of love, Jesus Christ. Christ is love. That is His very nature, His character. Outside of Him we cannot experience love.

Sure, we can experience lust, a desire to do what we feel is best. But we cannot truly love if we do not truly love Christ. It is eternally impossible. For love doesn't occur outside of Him.

This is what love is to me; the love of Jesus Christ. Willingly giving up my life for His commandments. Willingly giving up what I think is best because I have no idea what is best for me.

Love starts and ends with Him.

"We love because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19

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