The word love is one we use daily……….
“I Love my husband”
“I Love my kids”
” I love my country”
“I love pizza”
It is often over used and trivialized. I think that in many ways we have lost the meaning of the word.
The Greek word for God’s love is: agapao: (v) to love; in the New Testament usually the active love of God for his son and his people, and the active love his people are to have for God, each other, and enemies. It is used 320 times in the New Testament, either as a verb, noun, or object of.
We are told by Jesus in Matthew 22:36-40 to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves. In John 14:15-30 we are told that love=obedience to Christ. We are given a clear definition of what love is in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, kind, it does not envy, or boast, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong, it does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth, it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preservers, it never fails!
We are told in the sermon on the mount to love our enemies (those who hate us)! We are told in John 3:16 that love motivated God to send Jesus as a sacrifice.
Love is a debt we should never pay off according to Romans 12. And we are told in 1 John 4:7-9 that the very essence and being of God is love, and that the love we have and show comes from him, in other words we are incapable of loving him and others unless he gives us his love!
This is just scratching the surface! Lot more to love than we tend to think!!