Love: It’s Not What You Think

Red heart-shaped candy on a wooden background.

I’ve looked for love in so many places. I’ve searched for it in my friends. I’ve tried to find it in my spouse. I even thought I found it when each of my children were born. On bad days I thought I’d find it in a bowl of ice cream.

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized you can’t find something that you can’t lose.

Love is not something tangible that you can find and hold on to. Love is action. Love is doing. Love is loving.

The fascination I have is that the Bible teaches in 1 John that God is love.  So, if God is the very definition of love, then He must always be in action. He must always be doing. He must always be loving.

But isn’t God something we search for? Isn’t He something we want to hold on to? Isn’t He something we want to one day witness in His almighty glory in Heaven? If God is love, then love must be a thing. Right? That would make sense to this simple-minded Southern gal. That would make processing God easier for me. That would make Him easier to understand, easier to relate to and easier to teach to my children.

Oh, but that would also be putting Almighty God in a box. If we could contain God then it would cheapen how beautiful, powerful and mysterious He is.

So this is my challenge and something that quite honestly I think about a whole lot. The word “Love.”  There are so many facets to the word, the concept, and even the reality. I need to write about it. I need to work it out. I can’t wrap my brain around God and Love. And I never will, really.

To me, it’s fun to think about Love and to think about the infinite aspects of the word. Of God. It excites me. Inspires me. Drives me. And intrigues me. I can’t seem to get enough.

So, let’s explore Love for the next several days leading up to Valentine’s Day.  The Bible is abundant with the word, using it hundreds of times depending on the version you happen to hold in your hand. I encourage you to follow along with the exploration on the topic and join in any discussion. I just need to dig and I need to do it with you. There won’t be a rhyme or reason to it. I’m depending on the Holy Spirit for guidance on this one. I find that is the best for making me think anyway.

If this sounds interesting to you, join me! Follow my posts. I am excited to fall into Love with you!

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