Love, is one of the commonest and overrated words in the history of mankind. It has been described as a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person. But what really is love?
According to the bible, God is love.
I John 4:8 – “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for GOD IS LOVE”.
Love is a person NOT a feeling; and that person is God. Love is not merely an attribute of God; it is the very core of His existence. Love is His DNA. That is why John the beloved (the apostle of love) and writer of the above verse of scripture reveal (by the Holy Spirit) that you cannot remove God from the ‘love equation’. In other words, describing love is simply describing God.
I Corinthians 13:4-8a attempts to describe the attributes of love (God):
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails”.
Love is spiritual and heavenly in origin. God demonstrates and constantly supplies ALL (mankind) a foretaste of Himself (love); that is, we all qualify for His love:
Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”.
Humans may have varying interpretations and demonstrations of God’s love (eros, philia, ludus, pragma, philautia, storge and agape) but that does not mean that love varies. No, Love (God) is constant. Of all the various interpretations of love, God’s interpretation (agape) stands out – this is the highest form of love expression; the greatest.
It will be an effort in futility trying to quantify Love.
John 3:16 – “For God SO loved the world…”
I John 3:1AMP – “SEE WHAT (an incredible) quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us…”