WHAT IS LOVE?

Last night I dreamt, not that it’s unusual to dream but the feel of this dream was particularly unusual because I knew I was dreaming & couldn’t wait to wake up. It was unusual because it felt so real, like I was wide awake, having a conversation with God. It was quite a spiritual night for me. I felt God was depositing a new hunger/thirst/curiosity in my heart and throughout the dream I was asking God these questions;

“What is love? How do I love God’s way? What is pure love?”

And my heart was just exploding with this excitement to explore ‘Love’ God’s way. I felt compelled to search for its meaning in a whole different way & trust this search with God, to learn what it is from His mouth & from His view.

Yes Scripture says in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8;

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.”

This scripture may sound simple but is soooo profound & I had never really taken time to study it before but will bank on it now and explore what it truly means. Because I don’t think this scripture means just any kind of love, but the love this portion speaks of, is such a divine love that can only come from God.

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The times I have loved my own way, I sure have fallen short. I sure can love & I have my methods at it & I do put in effort but I don’t think I have done it the right way. I have loved how I thought & felt people needed to be loved but truth is, it wasn’t necessarily how they needed it. I did it my way which felt right to me & hence made me feel good about myself.

I think I have been selfish, maybe manipulative, maybe demanded more than I have given; I have been dissatisfied with what I have received. I have fallen short because it was all about ME.

I acknowledge that because I have not truly known/experienced God’s love, I have hence failed even at the earthly love. So last night as I had this dream, I also felt God challenging me to dare seek to experience the fullness of his love. I believe an encounter with Him never leaves one the same, it wrecks you good. And so I believe that once I experience the fullness of God’s love, my heart will be undone.

I don’t even know if we can truly experience the complete fullness of His love but I believe He gives us a portion that is enough for our little human hearts, in the capacity that we can bear. The experience that I speak of is that of His wrapping love around, on and in me. I long to experience that, I long to be filled with that, I long to be transformed & consumed by this love so much so I can’t help but pour out the same love to others. Let’s be honest, you can’t give what you don’t have but only that which you have.

I completely & desperately need to rely on God for the work of love to be done in me. I’m a bit anxious but also excited to discover the true meaning of love, in HIS way & not mine.

Once I know, believe & accept God’s true, selfless, deeply passionate & holy love for me I know well that it will change what I allow myself to receive & give to others.

He who gives generously is able to give you & I, a love that is as pure & true as his. Let’s pursue it.

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10 thoughts on “WHAT IS LOVE?”

  1. What is love???
    God is love… 1John 4:8 i love that scripture!
    ”’He who gives generously is able to give you & I, a love that is as pure & true as his. Let’s pursue it.”’ i loooooove that quotation. There is this one thing that i love from God, that He does not only gives us what He has, but He gives us WHO HE is. He does not give us love, but HE WHO is LOVE, gives HIMSELF to us, He gave Himself. As long as we have HIM, we have LOVE HIMSELF!!!
    when Jesus was touching someone, Love was touching someonne. When He spoke, Love was speaking. When He healed, Love was healing. It’s incredible. Jesus never say “you shpuld’ve known better”, i heard LOVE say, “Forgive them, they know not what they do”… sniff!!! Amazing love.
    Knowing LOVE is amazing.
    ohhh dear Lord, i also desire for the work of love to be done in me.
    thanks for sharing woman of God.

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    1. oh amen amen!! thanks a lot for sharing this to. Definitely helping me with this discovery. I love what you just said too “when Jesus was touching someone, Love was touching someonne. When He spoke, Love was speaking. When He healed, Love was healing”

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  2. I recommend you read “The Road Less Travelled” by M. Scott Peck.
    Love – a deep word that we can only understand from He, who’s LOVE!

    Thanks Alice. Touched.

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