A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters: chapter ten -how to define love?

the most difficult word: love

the most difficult word: love

Today we read the most difficult word in the whole Bible, ‘Love’.

Love: This is not a shallow, superficial common word as the mindman had thought in his reckless days. There is richness, depth, breadth, width, height here. But, how to define love? This is the toughest question and many have failed through out human history. When he looks at simpler creatures he admits that they define ‘love’ better than he does.

If he attempts to define this word with his human mind, emotion and senses, he knows he would be insulting the word.

The only way to give love justice is to define this word in the Spirit.

The next question is who is qualified to define love?

Not this mindman, however spiritual he has turned into. The only thing he can do is to find his definition in the word of God, and let each reader find his own.

__________Here the definition goes:

The plumb-line of love: sacrificial. For example: God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, Jesus, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. God should be receiving man’s sacrifices, but He gave His own Son as a sacrifice! (John 3:16) This is how God views love and has demonstrated love to us.

What does man do? Nothing in this case of supreme love. What were the conditions for man? Nothing. While we were yet sinners Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

Based on the plumb-line, here is one verse that has persuaded the mindman:

Love does not demand its own way.” This is what the mindman received from the Lord (1 Corinthians 13:5) when he was on the verge of making a real big decision to deny himself, take up his cross and follow the Lord Jesus.

What more can he do but to let go? Anything else will be demanding his own way and not God’s way. Take heed that denying one’s own human way means one chooses God’s way. Not another human way. No other human way could have made the mindman change his mind or heart for that matter. Indeed, the heart has its reason that reason cannot comprehend. But, God’s way can convince and convict one’s heart.

This is what it means by ‘love’ according to the plumb-line of God.

In the human mind this is impossible. Love is painful. Love is surgical. Something has to be cut away.

Can one become whole again when one chooses to love in God’s way? The answer is definitely ‘yes’! Example: Abraham’s cutting away his human love when he obeyed God and sent off Ismael and when he offered Isaac as a sacrifice to God. David’s letting go of his life long ambition to build the temple of God, the apostles and disciples of Jesus giving up everything including loved ones and careers to follow Jesus. Jesus’ giving Himself was the supreme example.

What motivated them? The mindman could not think of better reason than ‘love’. Love of God. Love of the life that only God could give. O yes, love of your loved ones too!

‘Love’ indeed is the most difficult word in this spiritual dictionary, and it is also the best word anyone can lay hold of.

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