For God so loved the world.

What is love? How do we learn to love? Why do we love? What does it mean to love one another?

Love is a strange and beautiful thing.

Throughout our life we hear the word love everywhere. We say we love things, people, experiences. We talk about movies we love, meals we love and where we would love to go. It is a word that we use all the time, but what does it mean?

In my simple, Norman Rockwell-ish view of the world, we learn love throughout our life:

Our first experience at love is what we learn from our parents. We learn love means devotion, safety and attachment. We learn love is unconditional and unlimited.

As we grow up, we learn to distinguish love from lust and attraction. If we are lucky enough to find someone to share our life with, we learn love means trust, dedication and tenderness. As parents we are again reminded that love is absolute, all-consuming, endless and unrestricted.

Love has many meanings. It means different things to different people, in different situations. The bible mentions love between 500 and 700 times depending on which version of it you are reading. In the King James Version, it’s mentioned 508 times in the old testament and 697 times in the new testament.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son.

So today I hope you find, share and experience love. I hope you know that God was the one that loved us first and forever. And I hope you remember to thank Him for that.

Loving God,
I come humbly before You, to lead others in prayer. Thank you for understanding my purpose without judging me for content. Thank you for allowing me to come before you.
Sometimes we use words without thinking about the substance of their meaning. Sometimes we throw around the word love without fully comprehending what we are really saying. Thank you for sharing love with us, for teaching us what love is, and for accepting us when we don’t deserve your love. Thank you for the greatest gift of love, your son, Jesus Christ.
In His name,
Amen

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