“Love is patient and kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” (1 Cor. 13:4-8a)
What is love? This question looks really simple on the surface, but it is so complex to try to put into words. When you drill down far enough to really contemplate the meaning of love, you can’t help but be profoundly amazed at something so easy to feel, but yet so difficult to define. Love is many things. Love can be expressed in relationships. In friendships, marriages, and family. Love is the feeling of longing and belonging. So, love is all good feelings, right? Well…
Love intensifies pain and loss. When a person you love is sad, sick, or injured, your love fuels those feelings creating deeper, more lasting effects. When someone you love leaves this mortal coil of Earth to go live in Heaven with their Heavenly Father…love is complex. The feeling of being so happy for them to have moved on to somewhere so perfect, collides with the feeling of loss and not knowing how to move on. “What is love?” really is a loaded question.
There is a greater love. Another dimension altogether. The most important love of all. That love is best described in one word: Sacrifice. Sacrificial love is what we celebrate at Christmas. God sent His Son, Jesus, to Earth. Fully human and mortal, yet completely God and immortal. God sacrificed His only Son in order to save you and me from eternity separated from Him. Only He could do it. He didn’t have to, but He did. Why? Because He LOVES us!
This is Love: To care enough to lay down your very life to save another. God invented love. God IS love, in purest form. Everlasting, long-suffering, and divine. Remember the sacrificial love of God this Christmas and worship Him like never before.
About the author:
Chuck has been with Brentwood Benson for 24 years. He has been married to his wife Daphne for 30 years. They live in Greenbrier, TN. Chuck is a long time drummer and also enjoys collecting vinyl records and traveling around the world with his wife. Together they have visited 18 foreign countries and look forward to visiting many more!