This weekend my nephew got married to the love of his life, really of all of our lives. They are a beautiful couple both inside and out!
So this got me to thinking, just what is love? That may seem like a ridiculous question, right? We all have experience with this thing called love. And yet the word love can be used to describe how we feel about chocolate as well as our sister, or our favorite sports team and our spouse.
So it seems useful to say that this is something that should be meditated on early and often to find what it means to us.
Perhaps one way to make a distinction in types of love is whether it is selfless or covetous. If your “love” leads you to covet the object of your affection, like chocolate or your boyfriend, maybe that’s not love but desire or possession. On the other hand, a love that is selfless or unconditional is truer to the real thing.
The Bible says that God is Love. And I see this as the truest form of Love. It is spiritual and universal. It heals and redeems. It encourages, uplifts, and comforts. And this divine Love embraces the whole world and all that is in it without condition or requirement. And that is truly a saving Grace.
Love seems to be easier to define by what it does, how it looks, and its effect than by its essence. What does love mean to you?