Love is the simplest most complicated thing in the world to figure out, am I right? I mean one day you’re best friends with somebody, and the next day you’re complete enemies. Or you’re in a relationship trying to figure out whether or not you love him/her, but don’t want to say it first because what if your loved one doesn’t say it back or feel the same way. Or maybe I just really, really, really love pizza! Gosh, it’s not an addiction; it’s love!
I think love is simple based on how God loves us. It came so natural for Jesus. Yeah, it is hard to love your enemy, but that’s because we’re prideful beings. It’s hard to give to the poor, homeless person with a sign asking for help on the corner of the Walmart parking lot, but that’s because we’re selfish souls. I know because I’m prideful and selfish. We could use the excuse that it’s just human nature, but there’s always the choice to live above reproach. However, I certainly don’t make it easy for myself either, but maybe that’s just it. Maybe we make things harder on ourselves than they need to be. So what is real love?
Well, real love can be found in 1 Corinthians chapter 13 where it talks about love being patient, kind and enduring through every circumstance. Love doesn’t give up and never loses faith. Love is loving your neighbor like you love yourself. Love is loving yourself. Love is loving people, especially when we say we love God because God loves people.
The Bible tells us exactly what real love is, but we make it so complicated by overusing the word love and mistaking it for something that’s usually not real love. The word “love” has reduced the quality of the action of love. In other words, stop saying love so much and start making love a verb! Above all else, when we’re stuck on what love is here is something we can all be sure of…
“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10 NLT