What is the meaning of true love?

Many people are in search of love and I wonder if they are looking in the right place for it. I can’t blame them. Who doesn’t want to feel loved?

I was one of those people who was in search for love. I wanted to fill that void in my heart. However, I searched in the wrong places– I looked for it in man.

The results: a failed “romantic” relationship, damaged friendships and strained relationships within the family.

There was hurt, anger and emotional damage; however, God works it out for our own good. I am happy to report that relationships with my family are better and I married a loving man (That God chose for me!). Only God can do that! And it didn’t happen overnight.

(Honestly, the blog post’s introduction started very differently. Not sure why the Lord changed it, but He knows all things. I don’t know who needs to read this today– there is hope in your marriage, friendship and family relationships. Give it to God. Only He can fix your problem…)

Bible Study: What is the meaning of true love?

The Bible defines love as follows:

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

(If this verse is difficult to understand, check out the NLT translation.)

Does this describe the love that you feel for your neighbor? for yourself? How can we say that we love others, if we don’t love ourselves?

One the greatest examples of true love is Jesus’ sacrifice for us– He was selfless, kind to all sinners, patient with His enemies and he endured rejection, humiliation and death on the cross.

One of the most quoted verses of the Bible, based on my observations, says it all.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Take a moment to meditate on this verse. If that doesn’t demonstrate God’s love for us. I don’t know what does.

Are you willing to sacrifice your only son for those in this world? Let’s be real. Would we die for our enemies? Probably not. Jesus did.

Jesus loved His neighbor as He loved Himself. He came to serve (Matthew 20:26-28). Let’s love our neighbor as we love ourselves.  Let’s serve one another in love. Do we love genuinely? Or is it a “convenient” love? Would you offer your neighbor the only meal you have in your kitchen?

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.” Galatians 5:13-15

There is no greater love than the one God has for us.

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

And there is nothing that can separate us from God’s love.

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

God should be our first love. The first commandment says:

And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31

How do we know that God should be our first love? In the book of Revelation, Jesus questions those who have fallen away from their first love.

And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” Revelation 2:3-5

It is time that we turn to our first love. Jesus is coming for His people sooner than we think.

Many people are too busy living their lives that they don’t think about eternity. Where will you spend eternity? Please think about it.

I challenge you to seek God today. Tomorrow could be too late.

Jesus loves you and so do I.

God bless you & yours,