What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Have you ever loved anyone or anything? Of course you have. It almost seems second-nature to love someone (or something). But have you ever considered how risky this is? Think about it: The only way to truly live a life devoid of any pain or suffering is to not love anyone or anything. Put differently, choosing love means choosing to suffer (C.S. Lewis claimed, “To love is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken”).
But what does the word “love” really mean? I love pizza, but I also love my children. I love my sports teams, but I also love my wife. We love the LORD, but we also tend to love our personal freedoms. You see, words get their meanings more from context than from a dictionary. Obviously, the love I have for my family is different than the love for food or the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Apostle Paul wrote perhaps the most powerful treatise on love we’ve ever seen (1 Corinthians 13:1-7). One can possess all the spiritual gifts in the world, but without love, those gifts are impotent. One may be ever-knowledgeable, have a faith that moves mountains, give to the poor, and visit his elderly neighbor, but without love, what’s the point? The love to which Paul refers is self-sacrificial, one that enables us to love the “unlovable.” This agape love is the highest expression of the Spirit – its authentication, articulation, and accentuation.
The kind of love that expects nothing in return.
The kind of love that shines light on the word “unconditional.”
The kind of love that steps in when everyone else steps out.
The kind of love that seeks solutions when the situation is seemingly hopeless.
The kind of love that remains steady when all has shaken loose.
The kind of love that resembles God’s actions through Jesus Christ.
Our gifts, our talents, even our time will erode. What sets us apart today may disappear tomorrow. The people in our lives that yearn to be loved won’t be around forever.
Jesus summed up the Law – all of it – with two commands: Love God with everything you have, and love your neighbor as yourself.
What’s love got to do with it? Everything.
In Christ’s Name,