What is love?

I wonder if Haddaway ever got an answer to his question about what is love. Or if Foreigners was ever shown what love is… 

What is love?

Countless singers have been inquisitive about love, as evidenced in their songs. I’ve asked the question, and I’m sure you have also.

We can learn about all types of love from the bible, and its principles can be applied to have successful relationships. In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul explained that if he could speak all the languages of the earth and angels but didn’t love others, then his speech would be just noise. Even if he was the world’s most accurate prophet, understood all God’s secret plans and had faith to move mountains but didn’t love others… He would be nothing. Imagine, even if he gave all his possessions to the poor and sacrificed his body but didn’t love others… he would have gained nothing. 1 Corinthians 13: 1-3

In my opinion, those actions and spiritual gifts that Paul mentioned were excellent. But as he explained, there is a danger when we omit love from everything we do.

Love in action

One instance when love was allowed to take centre stage was in the great Auzuza Street revival in 1906. The Azusa Street Revival was a historic Pentecostal revival meeting in Los Angeles, California and was a catalyst of the modern Pentecostal movement.

The man behind this was William J Seymour. Just to quote one of his many writings from his newsletter, the Apostolic Faith… 

The Pentecostal power, when you sum it all up, is just more of God’s love. If it does not bring more love, it is simply a counterfeit. Pentecost means to live right in the 13th chapter of First Corinthians, which is the standard. When you live there, you have no trouble to keep salvation. This is Bible religion. It is not a manufactured religion. Pentecost makes us love Jesus more and love our brothers more. It brings us all into one common family.”

Love was the driving force. In a time when racism was rampant, the Holy Spirit was allowed to move freely in the gatherings, and there was a great coming together of all races, ages, social classes, and many people groups etc. Seymour had similar beliefs to Methodist minister Martin Wells Knapp, who stated, “Barriers of race and colour, and social position have no true place in Christ’s Church… High-toned social clubs, claiming to be churches, but throwing stones of criticism and ostracism at saints of God because of caste or colour, are among the most stupendous of Satan’s frauds which curse the earth today. Respectors and selectors of persons… What a contrast to the Body of Christ.”

Unfortunately, the Azusa Street revival only lasted a few years because disunity and differences in personal beliefs began to take centre stage instead of love.

If we are to see a positive change in our world, then it undoubtedly needs to start with us as individuals. We should look within and address whatever personal biases we may subconsciously or consciously have. We should ask God to search our hearts, and if there is any wicked way in us, let’s ask Him to help us in these areas of weakness and lead us to His everlasting way. Psalm 139: 23-24

If you ask me, I’ll say that this level of Godly love is not the easiest to achieve with our own human effort. It requires partnering with the creator of love, God. 

Remember, God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 1 John 4:16

Let’s pray

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for being the perfect example of love and showing us how to love others. Please help and teach us how to love You with all our heart, soul and mind, and also how to love our neighbours as ourselves (Matthew 22: 36-40). Amen!

By Dinique

I love to laugh and tend to see the humour in a lot of things. Some of my interests include travelling, photography, music, baking, health and many others. I just want to share my life’s experience with you and hope you can find some encouragement in my writing...

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