What is love? I remember a time when “I love you” was the hardest phrase to say to the person you really had feelings for because you knew when you said those words it would change the course of your relationship forever. But what is the true meaning of love? “The dictionary defines love as a feeling of strong personal attach-ment induced by sympathetic understanding or by ties of kindred; ardent affection for one’s children; man’s adoration for God; strong liking; fondness; good will, al love of learning; love of country.” (Bell, pg. 10) According to Bell all of these definitions convey the outward appearance of love. He says that when looking at love that we need to take an inventory of our feeling to find out if we are truly displaying
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Even in our relationship with Christ we should learn to express our love for Him in more ways. We could volunteer more for projects in church; be more faithful in our giving; even attend the services on a regular basis and pray to Him more. All of these things often call for a sacrifice of either time or money but there is a reward for all those who diligently seek Him.
Lastly, is my love personal and do I allow love to feed my life and am I lovable? Jesus expressed His love to each and every individual. When He died on the cross for our sins was the ultimate testimony of love that could be given. And when you know that someone loves you enough to take the blame for all the bad things that you have done and harbor your every sickness and disease in their body so that you could be well it should be hard not to love them back. Unfortunately there are those who reject the gospel everyday, but true love will not give up on those people. Just as Christ came to me several times and I rejected Him, so will he go to them and keep pulling and tugging at their hearts to convince them to accept Him. There is no one that God will reject. We can be any race, color, background, or religion, but God loves us all. That is why John 3:16 says for God so loved the World. The world includes everyone no matter who they are or what they do. God’s love is for everyone first to the Jew and also to the Gentile.