Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | February 14, 2015

February 14, 2015 “What Is Love?”

” A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” (John 13:34)

 

 

Good Morning and Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

When I was a young teen, there was a song that was popular recorded by a group called the “Playmates” called “What Is Love?”  The first verse of the song gives us this cute, albeit incomplete description of love:

“What is love? Five feet of heaven and a ponytail! The cutest ponytail that sways with a wiggle when she walks.”

Cute and romantic, sure, but hardly descriptive of that great virtue as defined by Scripture. In this passage from John’s gospel, set at the occasion of the last Supper, Jesus offers this striking definition of love: “Love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Jesus defines love by raising the bar from “love your neighbor as you love yourself” to “Love one another even as I have loved you.”  He defines himself as both love’s noun and verb…its tangible, personal nature and its prime example as to how to live in relationship with others.

Scripture has many things to say about the nature of love…what it is as well as what it is not. For example, Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13:

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.”

Theologian R.C. Sproul said,

“In the New Testament, love is more of a verb than a noun. It has more to do with acting than with feeling. The call to love is not so much a call to a certain state of feeling as it is to a quality of action.” 

Our actions demonstrate our love. Our emulation of Christ demonstrates our depth of understanding as to its true nature. Love is more than “five feet of heaven and a ponytail”. Love is “Heaven’s glorious King”, our Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s pray!

God of Love; My heart’s desire is to love others as you have loved me. May my love for others grow as I draw ever closer to You each day. This I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!

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