Movies, music, and novels confirm the world is starving for love. Our culture views love as an emotion or euphoric sensation, as a matter of chance or luck, or as a state of being. It’s taught that you can fall in or out of love. Clichés and faulty images of love become the world’s soup du jour!
Love is rarely shown as something that requires effort and knowledge. If we turn from the world’s flawed depiction of love and instead turn to God’s Word, we see that He instructs us to fill our lives with love!
Matthew 22:37–40 shows us how important love is:
“Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
How can we love better?
Far too many people assume that the problems with love result from not “being in love” rather than focusing on “how to love”. So the world becomes flooded with how to books on being more lovable and attracting the opposite sex. Yet the bait used to attract others is focused on an exchange: Get this in return for that. And we wonder why so many marriages fail? When one person isn’t holding their end of the bargain, they end the marriage “transaction”.
When it comes to money, we can often take the same failed approach. Our attitudes can lead us to exchange personal assets for the pursuit of prestige, money and power, and to seek relationships that advance our social positions.
God represents love as a learning experience and process. He provides numerous instructions on how we should mature in the expressions of love. One of the most quoted Bible passages in weddings is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
Does this describe you and how you treat others? Your spouse? Family? Friends? Neighbors? Co-workers? Or how about the way you treat your enemies?
Love is a spiritual power. It arises from the human spirit, which in turn, was made in the image of God. If we are truly to display the love and character of Christ, shouldn’t we be living much differently? How do we love well? How do we love better? I’d love to hear your thoughts…