What Does Love Mean To You?

March 4th, 2017

God's LoveI define love as the fundamental element for human development and international cooperation.

The word “Love” can have varieties of related but distinct meaning in different contexts. Many other languages use multiple words to express some of the different concepts that in English are denoted as “love”. For instance, the plurality of Greek words for “love” which include “Agape”, “Eros” and “Phileo.”

‘Agape’ love is the highest form of love — charity, the love of God for man and man for God. Not to be confused with ‘Phileo’, which is brotherly love, etc. Agape embraces a universal, unconditional love that transcends and serves regardless of circumstances.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).

An Express Exemplification Of Love

The Love of God is characterized by His giving nature. He gave His only begotten son, which was the highest He could give to man and through the coming of His son, the Holy Spirit is come to dwell in and within man, so that the world would be saved through Him, for it was not His will that man would suffer, He would rather give His Son to suffer in place of man. This proves the degree of this Love which is an express exemplification of love.

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).

This gives me an impression that any love which is not characterized by selfless giving is not genuine. It involves sacrifice. Do you agree with me?

Now my question is how much love do you express to your family, friends, neighbors, environs, country etc?

What about God? How much love do you give to God, through giving your time for his work, helping the less privileged, doing his will? Remember He said; “if you love me keep my commandments. (John 14:15, John 14:23)

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (Deuteronomy 6:5, Luke 10:27, Matthew 22:37).

Through my interactions with people from different nations and languages, I came to understand that the concept of love is a universal concept; consequently, it is not limited to any particular people, place, country or language, it only exists for those who are open for it. Studies even show that love exists in the animal kingdom. Your dog will know if you love him or not, and will know in the family who loves him most and as such would appreciate that person most. He can understand the cares and can distinguish between people, attitudes and traits.

However, it is obvious there have been many misconceptions on this subject of “Love”, yet the truth remains that Love begins from the inside, and can be expressed to others.

However, one cannot express love without first loving and showing that love to him- or herself.  So many people try to express love when they do not have love within themselves. As such, they only contradict themselves.  It is written “Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” (Mark 12:31). But the problem we have in our society is that some people who want to express and show love do not love themselves enough, and as such cannot give what they don’t have.

When we talk about love, many associate it with Eros, which has to do with romantic expression and emotion. This is what our media has presented to us as love. That being the case, many have been deceived by fake emotions (and have faked emotions), which are seen among the opposite sex taking advantage of the emotions of the other. As such, many have become prey to seductive emotional manipulations.

The Concept Of Love By Him

But when we have a proper understanding of the real concept of love by Him who invented it, then we would understand that is not an act for manipulation rather an act for real demonstration and truth.

Soon we in the world will celebrate the “Valentine”, which has been designated for the expression of “Love”. How would you express and show love to your loved ones having understood that Love is function of an unconditional giving, just as God gave His Only begotten son for us even while we were yet unborn? Christ gave himself for our sins even while we were yet sinners he died for us. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Romans 5:8).

I would love to hear from you. What are your thoughts on love?

  • How would you define love in your own way and what are the best ways to express it?
  • What are your best Love Bible quotes?

 

 

 

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