Love is in the air, literally.
As February ushers in the season of romance, let’s begin to reflect on what love really is. Love is one of the most dynamic emotions of the human experience. The Greeks called love absolute madness. But what is it exactly, and how do we know when we’ve found it? In a world where it’s hard to find a guy to swipe right or pick up the check on a date, let alone show you he loves you, we find ourselves in relationship with people who are miles away from the biblical definition of love.
In our effort to define love, let’s look at what God has to say about love:
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,but have not love, I gain nothing.4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13
Our heavenly Father, in the ultimate expression of love, sacrificed his one and only son. In our search for a life partner we should be looking for someone who honors the example of Christ and reflects His selfless love.
Romantic love takes time, infatuation is instant and fleeting. Real love takes patience and effort, and must be nurtured and cultivated. Whether you’re single, in the beginning stages of courtship or deep in the throes of companionship, know that we were created for love. Take comfort in knowing that, even if you don’t have a date this Valentine’s day, as believers, we are already playing a role in the greatest love story ever told. The steadfast love of Christ never ceases, and nothing can separate us from His love.