Tomorrow is Valentines Day. A day in which millions will proclaim their love. America is in love of “being in love.” Songs are written about love. Movies are produced about love. Poets and song writers write about this thing we call love. But do we really understand what love truly is?
In 1984, Tina Turner recorded the hit song “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” Good question! But what is true love?
First, in its truest sense, love is not an emotion at all but rather an action and an attitude. The Righteous Brothers sang the hit song You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling which defines how most people see love. To them love is an feeling that must be maintained. But John 3:16 tells us it was love that motivated God to give us His Son. Biblically speaking, you can love someone without having a certain emotion.
Secondly, true love is not self-centered. Most people get married for the wrong reason. People get married with the idea (often unconcisouly) that this person is going to make me happy and meet all my needs. But true love is centered in others. God’s love was other-centered.
Love is always concerned about what is best for the other person. God’s love was extended to people so that they would not perish though it cost Him His Son. Loving someone means doing what is in their best interest which is often not the easiest thing.
What’s got to do with it? Everything! Living is rooted it love.“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Christianity is the only religion with love at its core. John 13:35 , 1 Cor. 16:14