Define Love…

Have you ever noticed how carelessly we (a society as a whole) throw words around.  We use words that are watered down, and sometimes we dont always realize how words become until when one stops and realizes what has just been said. 

One word has always bothered me.  I watch and listen to people as they use is in a well known phrase.  Love.  What are we really saying when we say “I love you”?

First, i think we need to find the simplist meaning to the word Love.

Love (according to Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary) is a strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties; or affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interest.

Sometimes I wonder if we really know what half the words we use to define others.

Take affection for example; a moderate feeling or emotion.  Or admiration; wonder.  Or benevolence; disposition to do good. 

So when you break it down, the definition of Love (according to Webster’s) is a strong feeling or emotion for another arising out of family relationship or personal ties; or a moderate feeling or emotion based on wonder, disposition to do good, or common interest. 

Is this really what you are saying when you tell someone you LOVE them? 

In the back of my Bible (New Living Translation Catholic Reference Ed.) LOVE is defined as “the ultimate expression of God’s loyalty, purity, and mercy extended toward his people – to be reflected in human relationships of brotherly concern, marital fidelity, and adoration of God.”

So, what does it really mean when we read Leviticus 19:18, when it states “Never seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone, but LOVE your neighbor as youself.  I am the Lord.”  or when we look at Deuteronomy 6:5 “And you must LOVE the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” or in Mark 13:30, where Jesus states “And you must LOVE the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength.”  or in Matthew 5:43-44 “You have heard that the law of Moses says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy.  But I say, LOVE your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!”  Or in the example of John 3:16 “For God so LOVED the world that he gave his onl Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” 

So, what example of Love do we choose to follow?  The simple explination in words, given to us by the scholars and encased in Webster’s Dictionary?  Or one far greater and deeper given to us by God, recorded in the Bible? 

What does it mean to truely LOVE someone?  God loved us so much that he came down, in the form of Man, and DIED for us.  That is our example of LOVE. 

Before you tell someone you Love them, ask a simple question in your heart.  Am I willing to lay down my life for this person, thing, item, whatever. 

If you dont have the answer to that question, then you don’t know what Love really is. 

God Bless and PEACE

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