God is love: What is the definition of love?
The Dictionary defines love as an intense affection for another person on the basis of familiar or personal relationships. Often this “strong affection” comes from sexual attraction to the other person. We love other people or feel that we love them when we are attracted to them, and when we feel good about them. Note that the watchword in the dictionary definition of love is the expression “based on.” This watchword means that we love conditionally. In other words, we love someone because they meet certain conditions we require of them. Often you hear people say “I love you because you are beautiful,” or “I love you because you’re sweet” and “I love you because you take good care of me.”
Human’s love is not only conditional; it does not endure. Our love is based on feelings and emotions that can quickly change from one moment to another. The divorce rate is very high in our society today because husbands and wives just stop loving each other, or they “fall out of love.” They can go through hard times in their marriage, and not “feel” love to each other, so they look for a way out. Apparently, their marriage vows “until death do us apart” means that they can be separated by the death of their love and not the physical death.
Can Humans feel “unconditionally” love or even comprehend it? It seems the love that parents have for their children is the nearest to unconditional love as the one we get from God. We still love our children through good and bad times, and we do not stop loving them even if they do not meet our expectations of them. This is similar to the love of God to us, but as we will see, God’s love for us goes beyond the human definition of love to the point that it is difficult to understand.
God is love: God’s definition of love.
The Bible says that “God is love.” But how can we tell that this is true? There are many Bible’s passages that explain to us God’s definition of love. The Bible says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” Every new day is a gift from God. One of the ways that God defines love is the act of giving. But what God gave to us is not just some gift wrapped in a fancy cover; God gave his only Son for us so that those who put their faith in his Son shall not be separated from him for eternity. What can be more amazing than this? Because we are the ones who reject God, yet it is God who bridges the divide through his personal sacrifice, and all we have to do is accept his precious gift.
Another Bible verse says “But God shows his love for us, when we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” In the Bible, we find no conditions on God love for us. God wants us to know that his love for us is without conditions, he sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to die for us, while we were still sinners. His love for us has always been, God is the one doing all the giving and caring long before we even knew that we needed his love.
God’s love is unconditional
God is love, and his love is not the same as human love. Every new day is a gift from God. God’s love is unconditional, not based on feelings or emotions. He does not love us because we are beautiful people or because loving us makes him feel good. He loves us because he is love himself. He created us so we can enjoy a loving relationship with him, and he sacrificed his son (who also happily died for us) to restore this relationship.