What is love? What does it really mean? The world will say that love is a feeling; that it is a passing emotion.The Bible says that love is not a passing emotion but that it is a constant devotion. Love is determined by how we treat others who have nothing to give us back. True love is putting someone else before our-self. The prime example of that kind of love is not seen in feel-good Hollywood movies but in the old pages of the Bible. The prime example is that Christ died for us. As humans, we love to be loved. We give to receive; but God gave his only Son and received nothing. He loved the unlovable and forgave the unforgivable. Are you loving others with human love or are you loving them with God's love?
Human love says, "I want something in return." God's love says, "My love is a free gift to you."
Human love says, "Be there for me." God's love says, "I'll be there for you."
Human love says, "Don't hurt me." God's love says, "I died for you."
Human love says, "I will love you only if you're attractive." God's love says, "I created you; you are fearfully and wonderfully made."
Human love says, "I'll love you as long as you make me happy," God's love says, "Even when you deny me I will love you."
If you are a Christian you have the power to love the way God loves. We can reflect the love God has shown us to the others around us. God is love. 1 John 4:8 - He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. The thing that Hollywood shows you today isn't really love. It's lust, and it will fade away with time. Some say love fades and that's why friendships, relationships, and marriages fall apart. The truth is human love does fade; but God's love is everlasting. If we love the way God loved us then that love will last forever. Are you showing others the right kind of love? Are you loving them conditionally or unconditionally? Love is not based on if the other person loves you back or not. It's based on you. God says to love your enemies. You might say that's crazy and that it would be cruel for God to ask us to do such a thing. The truth is when Jesus died for us he died for his enemies. He died for the very soldiers who pierced him and hung him to die on the cross.
If you're a Christian you have the ability to let God's love flow from you to others. Are you loving them as God would love them? Or are you only loving them with human love?