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Topic: Love (04/27/06)
- TITLE: Love Is More
By Karen Pursley
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Love Is More
Love is not just an emotion. It’s much, much more. Love colors all of our emotions. It acts as a bonding agent, knitting together kindness, sympathy, gladness, and stronger feelings like anger at injustice, fierce loyalty, and deep faithfulness. Think of someone you see as a loving person. Don’t they display love in their attitudes and the way they treat others? Can you “feel the love” when you are around them? If you look closely, you will see that all of the emotions they display are enhanced by that love that dwells within.
And, when you think about the very real fact that God is love, you may also see a spiritual aspect of a loving person as one in love with God, living and loving for God, and expressing Him throughout day-to-day encounters and deep within all relationships. I, personally, know people who can be described completely by, and as, love. In my relationships with them I am truly blessed.
When Jesus was saying good-bye on the last night He had with his disciples, He told them the identifying signature that would show others they belonged to Him, was their love for one another (John 15:35) I believe that of all the actions, expressions, and attitudes human beings live with and for, love is more desired, sought for, yearned for, and needed than any other. It’s supernatural, isn’t it? God is love and mostly to be desired. Love is desired in the same way.
I remember a song I heard as I was growing up. It asked, “Where is the Love?”. And, now, there is a new song asking the question, “If we are the Body”, why are we not showing it by our feet going, our arms reaching, our words teaching. The last statement in the chorus is Jesus is the way. The way to show love is by letting it out! Like Prego sauces, “It’s in there.”
Coincidentally, the lack of love is also evident in anyone unfortunate enough to have had the love within them destroyed or have pushed it down out of fear of being destroyed themselves. Love is vital to our very existence, living without it can be likened to living without water. Speech becomes void of tenderness, bearing only harshness and bitterness. Actions are brittle with futility and numbed by a lack of desire. Thoughts, though inside, are evidenced by dour facial expressions and worn-in wrinkles and creases. Frowns lines aren’t nearly as attractive as laugh line.
Love is a difficult subject to wrap words around. It’s so big and all-inclusive. God “made” love. He made it an inherent part of our emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental blend to make us more like Him. Neither you nor I can conjure it up on our own.. All any of us can do is reach down deep inside ourselves and resurrect it, bring it out and into our lives. I pray we can all grab hold of the more that is Love.
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