Since today is known as valentines’ day, I figured I’d talk about love 😊
You hear the word ‘love’ but what does it really mean, what is the meaning of love?
Love means: 1) Intense affection. 2) A feeling of attraction resulting from sexual desire. 3) Enthusiasm or fondness. 4) A beloved person. Loved: 1) To feel love for. 2) To enjoy enthusiastically.
Another word used for love in other Bible translations is charity. Meaning of charity: 1) God’s love for mankind. 2) Brotherly love for others.
The word ‘love’ is used all the time, but do we really mean it?
In the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13 is known as the love chapter, and verse 13 shows that the greatest gift is love. It’s the greatest gift because it makes an individual feel elated and purposeful, it makes the world a more peaceful place, and love has the power of healing emotional trauma. Love does not have to be intimate, though it most often is, it can take the form of appreciation for others.
Other reasons love is the greatest:
*Love is the greatest of all human qualities.
*Love is an attribute of God Himself (1 John 4:8)
*Love helps us to love those who wrong us.
*Love involves unselfish service to others.
*Love is evidence that you care.
*We discipline our children because we love them.
*Love is action. [Action is doing, acts of service]
*Love is God.
*God’s love is our most excellent weapon.
*Love breaks the negative spirit.
*Love never fails, though everything else may fail.
*Love is fellowship between persons, based on acts of sacrifice. Such love is willed, deliberate kindness, extending even to enemies for whom one has no personal affection.
*Love always has faith.
*Love endures through every circumstance.
*Love always has hope, no matter the situation.
*Love rejoices when truth wins, love takes pleasure in the flowering of truth.
*Love is patient.
*Love never gives up, puts up with anything [within reason].
*Love cares more for others than for self.
*Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
*Love always looks for the best.
*Love doesn’t look backwards, always looks forward.
v Love never dies, it’s always alive.
Love is just the greatest, that’s all. Let love be your highest goal (1 Cor. 14:1a).
Imagine the whole world walking in real love, how the world will be a much better place to live in. But the reality is no, because we have an adversary that goes around like a roaring lion seeking whom to devour, and people get devoured due to lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). Which is why it’s extremely important that we learn about the topic of love from our Heavenly Father’s perspective, not from our own. God’s love is unconditional, whereas, our love can often be conditional. Can we all relate to that J
Galatians 5:22 lists the fruit of the Spirit. Love is a part of the fruit of the spirit. Love is the first one on the list, and to me, this shows the importance of love.
Follow after love, pursue it and make it your highest aim. Make it your greatest quest.
I encourage you to analyze and evaluate your life to see where you are regards to walking in love, and depending on the outcome of your evaluation, take necessary steps to always be walking in love no matter what, it’s doable, I’m speaking from experience. Know that you are not alone it this, you can reach out to me for guidance.
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog, and know that “there is always hope to love!”
Noreen N. Henry
Victorious Living Strategist
6x International Best Seller
Certified John Maxwell Team Leader