Yesterday, we looked at the world’s view of love and how that differs from reality and the Bible. Continuing our definition of love from the Bible…
2. Love is a choice. Now don’t get me wrong- there are definitely people out there who do things that make them hard to love. Feelings definitely play a role, but once the feelings go away (or if they aren’t even there in the first place), we are still called to love.
– When Jesus says love our enemies, He is telling us to choose to love our enemies. Loving the “good guys” is no problem. Loving our enemies, that’s where we get caught up.
– In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul says that love “…endures all things.” It is commitment, and commitments begin with a choice.
-In John 15:17, Jesus says, “This I command you, that you love one another.”
3. Love is focused on others. Throughout Scripture, we see that love is not something we do to get fulfillment from someone else.
-Again, going back to Matthew 5:44, Jesus tells us to love our enemies. Talk about dying to self!
-In 1 Corinthians 13:4-5, Paul says, “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered.” All of those descriptions could be summed up by one word: selfless
-Our greatest example of love is that of Christ, who was born to die so that He could redeem those who, through sin, had purposely rejected Him. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 5:13) He died so we could live. There is no greater love.
So what is love? The definition of love is summed up by 1 John 4:10:
“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”