What’s Your Definition Of Love?

Some say love can never be correctly defined or explained, others say it doesn’t exist.

Love is one of the most widely misunderstood words. Whenever we hear “love” what first comes to mind is the expression of warmth or reverence between two or more persons, as in “love from a mother to the child, adoration from man to God, or the ‘lovey-dovey’ between persons in a relationship”.

It can, therefore, be understood from this explanation that love is a feeling expressed in different ways.

Merriam-Webster: Full Definition of love
a (1) : strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties <maternal love for a child> (2) : attraction based on sexual desire : affection and tenderness felt by lovers (3) : affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests <love for his old schoolmates>
b : an assurance of affection <give her my love>
: warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion <love of the sea>
a : the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration <baseball was his first love>
b (1) : a beloved person : darling —often used as a term of endearment (2) British —used as an informal term of address
a : unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another: as (1) : the fatherly concern of God for humankind (2) : brotherly concern for others
b : a person’s adoration of God
: a god or personification of love
: an amorous episode : love affair
: the sexual embrace : copulation
: a score of zero (as in tennis)

Read: The History of Valentine’s Day.

It is laughable that number 8 is included in the name of “love”. Little wonder, a fellow student in the university once argued that “there is nothing like love except lust and greed misinterpreted”.

This argument could go on forever with different theories. Anyone who believes in the only true God would rightly agree with me that you can’t love if you don’t know God. Because God is love.

Once we have received God’s love as his children, he expects us to love. In fact, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” ( 1 John 4:8 ).

The New Testament concept closely parallels that of the Old Testament. John writes: “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” Believers need to share with those in need, whether that need is for food, water, lodging, clothing, healing, or friendship ( Matt 25:34-40 ; Rom 12:13 ). The love demonstrated in the parable of the good Samaritan shows that agape [ajgavph] love is not emotional love, but a response to someone who is in need.

The Old Testament charge was to “love your neighbor as yourself” ( Lev 19:18 ). But Jesus gave his disciples a new command with a radically different motive: “Love each other as I have loved you” ( John 15:12 ). Paul affirms that “the entire law is summed up in a single command: Love your neighbor as yourself'” ( Gal 5:14 ). James sees the command to love one another as a “royal law” ( 2:8 ).