RL Day 1: Defining Love

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I’m excited to be doing this study on love. Especially during this time of year when Valentines day is right around the corner. Those four little letters have such a profound impact on our lives and the lives of others and everyone seems to have their own definition of what its supposed to look like. So, whether you think love is being ride or die, or you believe that love is altogether blind we’ve first got to properly define and answer the central question,”What is LOVE?” before we can even begin to understand what it is supposed to look like. The answer is incredibly crucial to our depth of true understanding of love and its proper application in our lives.

1.God is Love

1John 4:8 NIV  “Whoever does not love does not know God because God is Love.”

If God is Love then I think its safe to say that to know God is to know true, complete andphoto-1422065649003-cf6684a31468.jpg unconditional love. God is a God of compassion, mercy, forgiveness, all things good and so much more. The more we come to know God and who He is the more we come to know the quality and character of true love. What it is and what it isn’t.

2. Love is inseparable

Romans 8:38-39 NLT “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

That’s powerful stuff! When I read this scripture I am touched and moved by the revelation of how much God really does love us. I am in awe of a God who does not need us to validate his deity, yet chose us any how and promises to always be with us despite all of our flaws and shortcomings. God’s love does not discriminate or play favorites. He loves unconditionally and made provision for us through the ultimate display of love in Christ Jesus. We all have the same opportunity to experience His love no matter what.♥

3. Love is not an option it’s an expectation

Mark 12:29-31 NLT  “Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’No other commandment is greater than these.”

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The truth is that when we’ve been touched by love it changes us, it empowers us, it renews us and because of love’s sacrifice for us we are reminded to sacrifice for others. We do what is right, what is good, and what is love not because we are perfect but because we are flawed and in need of loves mercy ourselves. Not because we want kudos, a pat on the back, or props in heaven but because it emerges out of the overflow of a thankful heart for what’s already been done for us by God’s love that has saved us through Jesus.

Reflection

  1. How do you/have you define(d) love? Do you view love differently knowing God is the source of love?
  2. How does it make you feel to know that there’s nothing that can separate you from the love of God, good or bad, and that you are called to share your love with God and with others?
  3. What is one way you are going to demonstrate love to someone today?
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