Love. What is it? This is a question that has been asked throughout time. Most of us define love through our emotions. If someone looks good, treats us good, makes us feel good, arouses our senses, then it certainly “feels” like love.
But what happens when that person no longer looks good? When the stresses of life makes that person not so inclined to treat us good or makes us feel good? What about when the same old thing dulls the senses? It doesn’t “feel” like love anymore.
Love it isn’t an emotion. Emotion may be a byproduct of love, but it isn’t love.
Love is an action that benefits others. Even when it is inconvenient, painful, and unappreciated. That is how Jesus Christ loves us. Entering our human experience wasn’t convenient. It was painful. And even today, His love isn’t always appreciated.
We have heard, God is love. What does that mean?
Think of the sun. It gives us heat and light. It can’t help it. It is the sun and that is what the sun does. I can go outside and shake my fist at it and tell it I don’t want anything to do with it. But I stand outside and shake my fist too long, I will still get a sunburn. The only way I can avoid the sun is to remove myself from it. But the sun is still there, shining.
God is love. He loves us no matter what. He can’t help it. He is love. We can shake our fists at Him and tell Him we want nothing to do with him and that doesn’t change a thing. He loves us. God cannot love us more when we do good. He cannot love us less when we mess up. He is love. We can turn away from God. But He is still there, loving.
Malcolm Smith puts it this way. We can hold a glass of water and say “I have water.” But it is a different thing entirely to say, “I am water.”
God is love. Through Christ, God ratified His love. And because of this we have love. We are loved. No matter what.