Know this: God has eternally been defined as love “God is love” 1 John 4:16a. Or “God is love.” 1 John 4:8b.
Given that Satan rejects anything that is of God, it stands to reason that he would reject anything to do with love, but again it won’t be a straightforward rejection; instead of just tempting people to express hatred — the opposite of love, he confuses our perception of love so that we sin against God all the while convincing ourselves we are acting in love.
Love is love, right? No. That statement is simple-minded and selfish. It suggests that we as humans have the wherewithal to supplant God and determine what love is.
Paul very clearly outlines how you can determine what love that is if of God looks like or a whether it’s a person using the concept for their own self-interests.
A child exclaims to his mother in the store: I love this! His purpose? He wants it purchased for his instant gratification.
I once gave a video as a gift to a friend of mine. Upon unwrapping it he exclaimed, “I love this movie! I can’t wait to see it.”
Those of us gathered around questioned how he could love what he hadn’t seen. He admitted it was the previews he was enamored with and was excited about the prospect of entertainment rather than the movie itself.
We use the word “love” in such a flippant way that it has zero meaning for us and becomes a convenient tool for manipulation.
A young man tells his girlfriend he “loves” her so he can get with her. She comes from a broken home and wants so desperately to be loved that she gives in. Question: how is this an example of patience?
His conquest is successful and he announces it to his friends. Is that not boastful?
This is a highly generalized scenario but by no means fictitious. It happens daily throughout the planet. We could continue to expand on it, but it’s not necessary given that from the very start it fails to exemplify what God — who is the very example of love — says love should: patient and non boasting.
Can righteousness be restored to this relationship? Of course it can. Ours is a God of healing. It can if the young man repents of his lie to get want he wants and realizes that patience can be rewarded with a lifetime of partnership instead of a one-night-stand of passion. It can if the young woman realizes that despite being from a broken home, patience will reward her with a man who loves her enough to make a commitment to never break up their home.
But we listen to a world that tells us there is nothing wrong with being impatient. We let the world tell us that if we think we’re in love, it must be so. We no longer use Paul’s teaching to help us recognize love and instead let the world dictate our actions.
One would think love would do nothing but bring happiness into our lives; but by allowing the world to define love we end up confused, lost and without redress.
If God is the very definition of Love then His Word should be the only barometer we need to determine if love is really present or if it’s the devil’s balderdash.
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