"This is my commandment: love one another as I love you." (John 15:12)
Did you ever ask yourself, "What is love?" It's a daunting question that people seem to have different answers. We are all called to love one another. What does that mean? Am I supposed to love a stranger as much as my family? What does it mean to love my wife?
Well, we can look towards 1 Corinthians 13 for the definition of love but that really only gives attributes more than a definition. In my 36 years, I've been searching for the answer and I think I've found it.
God is love. (1 John 4:8)
He loves all people. How can He hate anyone? To have a God who hates is illogical. If He did hate anyone, they'd be dead. He loves us so much that He gave us the gift of free will. Why would He do that?
So that we can freely choose to love Him back.
When we are in relationship with people, we are called by Jesus to bring them closer to God. That's what love is. A husband is called to bring his wife closer to God. ("Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church...") And we are all called to love one another as Christ loved us. How? By bringing the people you meet closer to God. Sometimes through words but mostly through actions.
This is what Jesus Christ calls us to do throughout His gospel and it's hard.
How is this done? By placing God in the center of all of your relationships. You start with your spouse and work your way outward. And the people you care most about are the people whom you bring closer to Him. So, in answer to my earlier question, I can love my wife more than a stranger; however, I'm still called to bring the stranger closer to God through love.
Well, it's getting late and that's about all I can type for now. Until the next time.