LOVE -- IS THERE A CLEAR DEFINITION??
LOVE -- IS THERE A CLEAR DEFINITION?
For some reason the inner man of me has been looking for an understanding of what love is supposed to be? The defining words associated with love remained the same until I was nearly Fifty years old. Because of the domination of the maternal influence in southern homes of the time, most definitions of love were tied to male domination and to physical expressions of the emotion.
For years, I could never find a definition that really left any doubt of what it meant to be in love or in the least experiencing it. Every reference to it seemed to include physical experience and as well as overboard expressions with hugs and kisses and the like.
Is there some way that isn’t tied to some type of emotional expression but is expressed in an inner confidence in what is, in a solid relationship-one with confidence.
As far as definitions go the Hebrew and Greek languages found long ago that one word could not be a container for all. In those languages you invariably found that love when it is expressed, exhibits some type of faith or trust.
The Hebrew or the Greek languages might take twenty or more words to express just these thoughts and still leave you without a clear image of the picture you wanted.
Since words when they come into your thought process are not black and white letters but pictures of the expressions you have used or seen, you must take the most accurate verbal expression you have to re-transmit those images in an understandable form to others.
Still I needed to understand love, and it seemed that some of the time I have failed miserably, having been engaged twice and married twice, it just didn’t seem that the definition I needed to make things right was what I had. By the way I married my first wife twice and when it seemed things were working she died of cancer.
Almost twenty years I looked into 1Corinthians chapter 13 and read Paul’s expression and definition of love in his expression of a person that changed his life in a letter sent to the Corinthians. To every one that met Jesus he never changed; what you saw on Monday was the same on Thursday- remember he said I am God and I change not; well he told the Corinthians that LOVE NEVER CHANGES through his letters to them.
I found out that when we receive the Holy Spirit in that Acts2;4 experience, there is a saturation and emersion in a river of love called the Holy Spirit.
Remember John wrote he (the Holy Spirit), would teach you, lead you ,and guide you into all things concerning him. Then in Paul’s writing to the Galatians in Chapter 2:20 of that book he talked about our death by faith in Jesus and what he did on Calvary, that made Jesus alive in us. Since we are now dead in Christ and he lives within us and that never changing love also is now part of our nature in him.
Most of the time when love is referenced in relation to the Lord it is the Greek term AGAPE, AN ALL POWERFUL --ENCOMPASSING LOVE THAT CAN’T BE DESCRIBED IN ANY WAY BUT JESUS.
Before time when the father asked for a sacrifice for sin for the coming world of earth, Jesus said yes because of his relation to the father and the love that he had for the world to come.
For you and I, though no matter what the conditions are in the home it breaks down to not allowing the word divorce in any conversation, nor ever letting the sunset on your anger. It means always speaking the best of God’s word concerning your wife from the word of God. It means praying without ceasing for your home and God’s will.
I have not achieved that perfect Love in the word but I am still going to the high mark.
I left off the direction I hope to go with this thought and that's to look into the life of Solomon,one of the most fascinating people in the Bible.
The Lord allowed him to experience extreme wealth as well as the wisdom to stay alive
with 700 + wives and additional concubines.
His wisdom extended to relationships and He left an unparalleled lesson in the Song of Solomon.
Ihope to bring life to this book for you.