Love in Today’s World

In today’s world people are confused about what real love is. I have heard many people quote the verse of scripture that says, “God is Love” and use those three words to justify their sins. But what these people fail to realize is that love corrects for the purposes of bringing the other person up to its level. Selfishness seeks it own way and in the process destroys an otherwise good relationship. Love is a two way street in which both parties are more than willing to lay their life down for the good of the other to enrich both of their lives while selfishness drains life out of one person to build up the other. The people who use the scripture, “God is love” to justify their sins need to read the full definition of love as written by the Apostle John to the church, and the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus from which I quote; Ephesians 5:1-2 “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” And the Apostle John said in 1 John 4:7-11, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (sacrifice) for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” The line, “We also ought to love one another” includes loving God enough to follow His commandments, as well as, loving our neighbor more than we love ourselves.

God gave the life of His only Begotten Son that we might be raised up to His level of love and life and He fully expects us to lay our life down for the Son so we might reach that level. He has standards He expects us to meet just like we have standards we expect our friends and loved one’s to meet, and, He, like us, expects those whom we love to meet those standards. His standards are high, but not so high we cannot attain them. We attain His standard when we love as He loves; and we understand love is the sacrificial offering of our life in exhange for the life He gave to restore our fellowship with Him. Love desires to improve the quality of life for all parties concerned, be it our wife, our children, friends, or a complete stranger. And in the following sentences we see a clear picture of what true love is: Christ (Jesus) loved us and gave Himself for us, (as) an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. He died in my place and in your place and took upon Himself our sins so that we might live a richer life. And in return, we are expected to take upon ourselves His life and lay our lowly life down for the benefit of others so that their life might be enriched by our sacrifice. So we see real love isn’t in the giving of gifts, but rather in the sacrifices we are willing to make to improve the life of other people.

The people who use God’s love to cover their sins are confusing love with lust. God isn’t deceived by their faulty thinking because He like the true Christian realizes that Love gives, lust takes. Love is eternal, lust is short lived and must be repeated time and time again because it can never bring true satisfaction to the one desiring satsifaction. Love fulfills, while lust leaves one disappointed and frustrated because they can never fill that empty hole inside them. The emptiness inside man that men try to fill with so many different things can only be filled by the love of God which brings complete and total satisfaction that is everlasting and never dims. And in the process of growing in our love relationship with the Lord God, we will enrich the lives of many empty people who are searching for the the one thing that will make them a complete human being. DThrash

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2 Comments

  1. DThrasher

    Phil
    Respect, understanding and peace are attributes of love, but not love itself. Love is the unselfish giving of ourselves in behalf of another person expecting nothing in return. DThrash

  2. What is Love?

    I read the above. Several times you ask me to agree with premise(s). If I agree then your conclusion is Love?

    No! I am still confused! What is Love? Is Respect – Understanding and Peace – Love(s)?

    However! Thanks for your thoughts and belief. In this world of War and Hate and Terror your writing is a wonderful escape…

    Phil E.

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