Love is often represented by soft, cuddly, warm images. It is common to hear sentiments that all the world needs is a little more love. We are told that love is something anyone can do. But are these common thoughts about love accurate?
From God’s perspective to love is to identify with Christ. I Corinthians 13:4-7, offers practical examples. In part this means:
To identify with Christ is to invite the same opposition that he invited.
Biblical love does not mix well with a world that is bent on pleasing itself. Committing to love is committing to war.
Love is not for the faint of heart.
True love means a commitment to die to yourself.
Love means that you care less for yourself and more for others.
Love means that you care for God first and other people second.
Love means being patient when others sin against you.
Love is not easily irritated.
Love often means doing something you really do not want to do.
Biblical love takes great personal courage.
Love is dangerous.
No one loved more perfectly than Jesus Christ. How did the world receive his love?
If we talk about Jesus’ love as best expressed in the gospel, how is that received in our culture. To love Christ means to love him exclusively. You cannot love God and something else. Rather, we best love others by loving God first and most.
Only the heart-changing power of the Holy Spirit can enable you to love. This is why love is part of the Spirit’s fruit. Love does not initiate with me, but by the example and calling of Christ.
Christ loved me when I was unlovely. Is this how you love?
Teach your children about true biblical love. But when you do, remember to tell them that love is dangerous!