Christian Love

What does it mean to Love?   John 3:16 comes to mind for a lot of us, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 

There are plenty of verses in the Bible that talk about Love.  Galatians 2:20, Deuteronomy 7:9, Psalm 37:28, Proverbs 8:7, and many more.  One of my favorites is John 15:12-13, “My command is this: Love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friend.”

God gives us a perfect example of love.  So why is it that we toss the word around carelessly?  We say that we love things, like art, coffee, or money.  If we look at the word Biblically, would you be willing to lay down your life for a piece of art?  Or how ’bout another sip of a drink?  Or for something that will not last in eternity?

It pains me to hear people talk like that.  It is great that we can enjoy these things, but do we really love them? 

Something that i noticed here at school, that really scares me, is how loosely we throw this same word around in relation to other people.  I am scared that we have forgotten how to love one another as Christians, that the world’s view of love has infiltrated how we live according to the gospel. 

There are to many young couples that ‘love’ one another, but dont know what the word means.  There are guys and girls that use a relationship for worldly desires, from status to favors and pleasures of this world.  Even here on a Southern Baptist, Christian campus, it is hard to find a couple that really knows how to love one another.

With that note, i will point out that there are some amazing couples on this campus also.  There are some Godly men and women that know that to  love, one must put another persons life above their own. 

I may not be the best person to talk about relationships, since i have been single for almost 6 years, but in those six years i have observed the world and those around me. 

To say that we love one another, we must be willing to sacrifice yourself (it may be your life, or it may be your time, focus, efforts) for this person.  Are we willing to live out the Gospel when we say that we love one another?  or are we going to submit the the worlds view of love?

Soemthing to think about.

God Bless and PEACE

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