Love according to how the the word of God puts it is one of the most powerful force in the universe. To love is to truly live. The Bible says: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and to love your neighbour as you love yourself. There are different forms of love but the purest form of love is God centred. This kind of love does not need a reason to love. This is the reason why the word of God tells us to love even our enemies (Matthew 5:44) Really? How can you love your enemies? How can you do good to people who hate you? People who don’t even like you? How is that even possible? It’s easy to love those who love us, those who are nice and kind to us, those who are like us. It is easy to talk well of people who treat us right. What about the opposite?
Real love according to the word of God is when we show kindness even to the unkind, when we don’t repay evil for evil. When we treat others the way we want to be treated. The Bible says love covers a multitude of sins (1Peter4:7). When we love others we don’t go around exposing or gossiping about their weaknesses. We are only told to rebuke openly but with love. What do we do when somebody offends us, do we try to resolve the matter amicably or we go around telling others what they did to us? Well some matters may be serious and may need to be dealt with by the law, but that is an exception not the rule.
Love is much more than what we think or say. Our actions speaks alot more than our words. How many times do we tell people we love them and we don’t even mean it? It’s easy to say “I love you” when we are happy and excited, when people are nice and kind to us isn’t it? Do we still continue to say’ I love you ‘even when our expectations are not met? Most of the times peope will say I love you out of emotions, because when life changes or when things don’t go the way we wanted we change our attitude. Why? because we acted impetuously, it was just our emotions that ran high. That is why there are so many heartbreaks because of believing ‘I love you’ only to realise later there was no love, it was just out of emotions that the words came out. Do our actions go hand in hand with our words?. Your actions will always say more than your words. The way we treat people speaks volumes about us than the multitude of words we could ever speak. The Bible states it very clearly that without love we are nothing. We can do so much, we can even give to the poor or give out our bodies to be burnt, but without Love we suffer in vain. We can even speak in tongues but without love the Bible states we are like noisy gong. (1st Corinthians 13:1) What a pity to think we can have so much to show but without love?
Jesus demonstrated the real meaning of love to others in the book of Luke 10:25-37, where he gave the parable of the good samaritan. When he saw the man who had been attacked by robbers, he had compassion on him. He bandaged his wounds and took him to a hospital and also offered to pay all his bills. Mind you he didn’t know this man but he was moved with compassion. Two others before him, the priest and the Levite saw him lying helpless but they decided to move to the other side of the street, they couldn’t just be bothered. They went about their other businesses leaving a man who was suffering injuries lying on the side of the road. How many times do we ignore people who genuinely need our help? We can see that they really need our help but we ignore them and go to help people who are not as needy or who we think will also help us back. This samaritan did not expect anything in return from the wounded man, he did it out of pure love. Can you say that what you do for others is out of pure love, no strings attached? Do you do it without expecting anything in return? If you want to know whether your love is pure, check your motives. What are you expecting in return from that person? If they didn’t treat you the same way, will you be angry? Will you continue showing them love? If you love people, you will treat them right regardless of whether you know them or not. The Bible states clearly what love is: love is patient, love is kind….( Ist corinthians 13:4-8).
Whatever you do in this life, you need to make sure it is founded on love. Why will Jesus say to somebody who was busy serving God and doing great things, and performing miracles in his name depart from me? this really baffles me. But the answer is right in the word. Absence of love, ill or ulterior motives. There is no other way to explain this. So, in whatever you do, are you doing it out of love or it’s out of compulsion? Are your motives pure before God? When you can boldly answer this question, then you know where you stand. The greatest commandment is, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul and love your neighbour as you love yourself. The bottom line is this, love without a reason and be kind to everyone you meet.