Love is simply complex. Look at 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; it alone uses 15 phrases to describe love. Yet still our definition of love is so small. We limit love to feelings that evoke happiness. Love is so much larger and so much more diverse. I believe that a better understanding of love is missing within our culture. I also believe that a better understand of love will improve our relationships with people and God. Love is all the feelings of happiness, “the butterflies,” if you will. But love is also a choice. It is waking up next to your spouse, saying, “He don’t look so good today, but man I love him!” Love is a choice. It is taking the knowledge you have of something and saying, despite my current circumstance or feeling, I will rest in what I know to be truth.
Scripture points out love in all sorts of places; Here are a few examples.
Love as discipline and consequence (Proverbs 3:11-13)
Love as sacrifice (1 John 3:16)
Love as obedience (Matthew 19:16-21)
Love as calling yourself out (Matthew 7:1-5)
Love as calling others out (1 Corinthians 5:8-13)
Love as truth (Ephesians 4:15)
Love as evangelism (Acts 1:8).
Love as God (1 John 4:8)
Love is so much more than these. But it is important to remind ourselves that love is not always pretty. It is not always set in packaging that brings us unending pleasure; sometimes love is hard. But love is always good, and I truly agree with Paul when he says, “Love never fails.” I just think sometimes we fail to love, opting for the easy way out. What is your personal definition of love? Let us know below.