What’s Love Got to Do with It? The words of an old Tina Turner song sound a bit obscure when we think about what Love is. Love is a word that is used to express the deepest emotional connection one can feel. Yet, I shudder to think of some of the things that are said and done in the name of love.
A man tells his wife “honey I love you”, yet he cheats on her, lies to her and abuses her. Parents attempting to reassure a child of love when they have just beaten them. A friend calling another BFF and posting slanderous remarks in social media. What is love really, and how do we move from saying to being it?
The Holy Scriptures have served as my foundation for living and I have found it to be the most well written description on love than any other piece of literature. Throughout its pages one can sense the very presence of the person of Love, God. You will find it is the only book that is filled with the most powerful encounters of Love known to humanity.
We experience Love through God’s continual blessings upon humanity after man’s disobedience. There seems to be nothing that can ever stop God from loving. We see his grace and mercy in action through His love with Noah and his family as they were saved from and in the flood. As we travel through the Old Testament we are taken aback by the manifestation of this remarkable display of Love’s power and presence through Abraham becoming the father of nations.
Moses provides us with an excellent example of this incomparable Love as he defiles himself as a murderer, yet he is redeemed by the call of God upon his life. Joseph, sold in to slavery by his siblings, and later through Love turned to help them in their time of need. Love keeps on loving no matter what the error, mistake, weakness for fault.
The cover of magazines and talk shows speak of Love as if it is something with which we can bargain and dismiss at will. However, there is nothing in life that is more invincible, invisible and yet remains tangible, touchable and pliable than Love.
The world is longing for the manifestation of Love. People are hurting all around us, yet we are consumed with our own agendas without regard as to how it affects others. We are relentless in the pursuit of our own visions which at times are fueled by greed and power and it is only at the end of our lives that we stop to realize we have not lived to Love.
In all that I could say about Love there is nothing that can increase the value of the meaning of Love, Who is God. God loved the world so that He sent Jesus to die on the cross that everyone regardless of who you are or where you come from would have access to Him for all eternity.
Love is not a word, it is the presence of God in the earth. The only way to bear Love in truth is to know God. The only way to experience Love is to experience God. The very understanding of Love is found only in the understanding of who God is.
Love has a definite energy and presence. Love is life and light. Love is fearless and full of faith. Love is fluid and never dams. Love finds itself giving when all others fail. Love is God and God is Love.
Love looks like something. The Apostle in his writings to the church at Corinth explained in detail what Love looks like and I think for this writing it bears reference here:
1 Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV)
13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Love looks like something. Love covers faults and never exposes them. Love protects and it heals. Love defends the cause of the innocent and exposes injustices only to correct them. Love gives demanding nothing, yet receiving graciously.
In all that we do if we are not manifesting Love in what we do, then what we do is nothing. What drives you? What is your motivation? The power of Love is the power of God.
Love is always active, always forgiving, always loving. Love looks like something. Love looks like you. Love looks like me.