Today we will start looking at ‘Love’. The true meaning of love, as defined in the Bible, has been corrupted in the common usage of our English language and our society. Most often, love is confused with infatuation – that elated, “high” feeling we get when we “fall in love.”
Burk Parsons: In Himself, God is love; through Him, love is manifested, and by Him, love is defined.
The word love is used today to describe everything from a pizza you enjoy, the football team you support to your kids. All these share the same word, but have very different meanings.
The Bible indicates that love is from God. In fact, the Bible says “God is love” (1 John 4:8). Love is one of the primary characteristics of God. Likewise, God has endowed us with the capacity for love and as we shall see later, in the Bible there is a special kind of love shared only by us.
John Piper: Love is the overflow of joy in God! It is not duty for duty’s sake, or right for right’s sake. It is not a resolute abandoning of one’s own good with a view solely to the good of the other person. It is first a deeply satisfying experience of the fullness of God’s grace, and then a doubly satisfying experience of sharing that grace with another person.
The Bible tells us that God showed his love to us in an amazing way, “For God so loved (agape) the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Tomorrow we will start to look at love in more detail. We will start by looking at the different biblical terms of love and then their definitions.