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Human Emotion #6 Love

Here is my final examination of Human Emotions.  The last one is love.  Saved the best for last.  The definition of love from Wikipedia is:

Love is any of a number of emotions and experiences related to a sense of strong affection and attachment. The word love can refer to a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes, ranging from generic pleasure (“I loved that meal”) to intense interpersonal attraction (“I love my boyfriend”). This diversity of uses and meanings, combined with the complexity of the feelings involved, makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, even compared to other emotional states.

As an abstract concept, love usually refers to a deep, ineffable feeling of tenderly caring for another person. Even this limited conception of love, however, encompasses a wealth of different feelings, from the passionate desire and intimacy of romantic love to the nonsexual emotional closeness of familial and platonic love to the profound oneness or devotion of religious love. Love in its various forms acts as a major facilitator of interpersonal relationships and, owing to its central psychological importance, is one of the most common themes in the creative arts.

Just about everyone experiences love either from someone or towards someone.  That of course is no different than the love we experience from God and towards God.  The biggest difference between our love for others and God’s love is that we tend to place conditions on our love, don’t we.  If someone hates us, do we love them.  If someone treats us bad, do we love them.  If someone doesn’t show us love, do we show them love.

If at some point in our lives we ignore God, He still loves us.  If at some point in our lives we hate God and blame him for all our problems, He still loves us.  How do I know this?  I know it because His Grace is still there, waiting for us to accept it.  To accept His Son.  You see the difference between us and God is that His love is unconditional.  He made a path for us and at the same time demonstrated His unconditional love.

John 3:16

16“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

God also gave a true definition of Love written through the words of Paul to the Corinthians in Chapter 13.

1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

God places a great importance on love.  1 John 4:16 says this, “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. Take the chance today to show someone you love them.  God did 2,000 years ago.  What are you waiting for?

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October 25, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

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