Love…Oh, the many definitions of Love. Love really is a Many Splendored Thing. Love has many different meanings and concepts found in various cultures and people; especially at different ages and phases of life.
To a newborn, love is felt and received though the sense of touch. It has been sciencifically provened that babies who are not cuddled and hugged as newborns fail to thrive and some even die. How powerful is the sense of touch in our lives.
To a child, love is safety, setting healthy boundaries, discipline, and having our basic needs met; food, shelter, and raiment. Oh, the sensational warmth of feeling loved and protected. How sad for those children who are abandoned or not provided with the basic needs in life. God have mercy.
To a teenager, love is that grand, exciting feeling of being accepted and receiving individual attention from a specific boyfriend or girlfriend. This type of love makes you feel on top of the world. You never want it to die; and when it does eventually fade you are left with a big hole in your heart until your next love, and eventually a life-long love, comes along.
To an adult, love is found in security, setting healthy boundaries, physical and emotional desires being met, and having our basic needs met; food, shelter, and raiment. Isn’t it interesting that the same basic needs found in the elements of love as a child actually return to us when we become adults, with a few more added in!
So, Love is a Many Splendored Thing.
Yet, even with all of these different meanings and stages of love, there is still one love that far surpasses that of any imaginations of the heart…It is the Majestic, Unconditional Love of the Heavenly Father for his children. God’s Holy Word, the Bible, teaches us, “For God so LOVED the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever shall believe in Him shall never perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJV).
God’s Love is an unfailing, unfaltering love; a sustaining love, a Spiritual Love that meets the deepest need of any human life. For without God’s love we would all surely die and perish from existence as we know it. Oh, the Amazing Agape Love of the Father.
Man’s love can, and sadly often does, fail. Innocent babies are left unattended and children abandoned. Teenage love can not be trusted to always bring good into our lives. And, sadly even those who have made vows to, “Love until death do us part,” allow their hearts to turn cold, bitter, and drift away.
Yet, God’s Love is not like that. Psalm Twenty-Seven, verse ten, states, “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.” What a blessed promise from our God. It was this type of Agape Love that allowed the Old Testament Saint, Ruth, to follow her beloved widowed mother-in-law, Naomi: “For whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God; Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried…”
Today, we all need more sustaining “love” in our lives. More compassion; more understanding; more concern. “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”
Have you ever just become annoyned and impatient with a continued drop, drop, drop, drop, drop, drop? We all do. And, God says that man’s ways, without true charity (Love) becomes just that….drop, drop, drop, drop, drop, drop. It takes God’s Love to make any type of Love a lasting, authenic, and fulfilling love.
“Charity (Love) 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 thigns, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth…”
Love is a Many Splendored Thing…And the greatest definition of Love is….God is Love. Amen.
Today, I pray that you have accepted God’s Love in the Person of His Son, Christ Jesus. And, you are resting firmly in His Love and Promises found in the Word of God. May you feel Love today and throughout your life as God’s Love meets our every need.
Remember, God Loves You.
Lin T. Rollins, Author
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