What is Love

When I look back at the week just gone, I notice that the love that I experienced was not really that glamorous.

1 John 4:1-21

Reference:  v.10  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (NIV Bible)

Explore:  What image comes to mind for you when I mention the word 'love'?  For me I think of red love hearts, two people smiling at each other, happiness and bliss.  That's certainly how it is portrayed in the movies.  Love is that warm fuzzy feeling between two people.  It's supposed to be beautiful and romantic; that feeling that everyone yearns for.  And yet, when I look back at the week just gone, I notice that the love that I experienced was not really that glamorous.  I showed my neighbours love by helping them shovel wheelbarrows of dirt on to their garden, I showed my family love by cooking them a meal when I really could not be bothered, and I experienced love when my husband apologised for something small in case it had upset me.  Not really beautiful and romantic, is it?

Application:  But when I read about how God shows His love to us, it's not always beautiful and romantic.  His greatest expression of love was Jesus dying on the cross, which was cruel and heart wrenching and gruesome.  It seems that I may need to reassess my initial images that come to mind when I think of love.  Love is not always pink hearts and soft moments.  Love can be hard, challenging and even heart breaking.  But that kind of love is real.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for giving us the greatest example of love.  Everything that You do is love.  May we experience that love and learn to share it with others.  Amen.

What is the image that comes to mind for you when you hear the word 'love'?  How have you experienced love this week?  How have you shown love?

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.