January 15, 2008

The two sides of love

Posted in Love at 1:58 am by 1thing2think

God is love and God loves you. The previous sentence is a short summary of 1 John 4:7-21. Yet, it’s interesting to see that the word ‘love’ operate as both a verb and a noun.

As a verb, it takes two parties to experience love. One side is the giver and the other one is the recipient. As a human being, we want to be loved simply because we want to receive. It’s simply growing out of our selfishness (by receiving) and to be come a giver of love.

When someone falls in love, he/she would do anything for the object of his love. “Love blinds” sumarizes it. But is that a true love? That’s where God comes in. He is love. In fact, the greatest love a person could ever receive is when someone give his life for his object of love.

As someone who receive, it’s a good feeling. I always enjoy to receive gifts from someone. But it may hurt when we have to give away.

When I had a discussion on the book of Ephesians with other church members, I mentioned that a husband ought to love his wife. Just like Christ love for His people by dying for them. This is the question that I have pondered ever since: how to love my wife that I’d give my life away for her? It’s interesting to think that I had that feeling when I dated her. That I’d do anything for her. Take out emotion out of the equation, and see if you’d still do that. Not saying that I won’t do that anymore, but rather, how to be able to do it and continually loving her. While God is lovely, it’s because He is Love and not just a lovely object.

Again, God is love and He loves you. He has died for you. Would you live for Him?



  1. brandmike85 said,

    If God didn’t exist, it would be necessary for man to create him

  2. 1thing2think said,

    What necessitate a man to create god?

    Extra comment added:
    It happened before, that men tried to create God. Israelites created a golden calf. Others created something else, and worship that creation. If one created something and called it God, does that creation become God?

  3. brandmike85 said,

    Religion: attempts to define and/or articulate the inexplicable. To answer your first question, fear necessitates man to create a god. Without fear, man would not feel the need to appease someone or something. And to answer your second question: yes. If one creates something and calls it God, that creation does become God because what we create becomes reality. Realities are only true for a time. If we have the power to “create” something, we are then equally capable of destroying it.

  4. 1thing2think said,

    It seems like the basic difference in our minds is regarding God’s existence.

    However, if the definition of religion is to define and/or articulate the inexplicable, then, believe it or not, it was stated before:

    Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)
    11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

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