What Is True Love?


Longing for Love

All of our hearts long for love whether we know it or not. We were literally made to love. God is love. Do you long to know the true love of God? Then do you long to truly love Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength in return?

But what is true love? The very word takes on so many meanings. We can say in one breath, "I love coffee. I love reading. I love my spouse. I love Jesus." How can we know what true love really is? What does it look like? What does it feel like? Does it even matter?

True love is more than a sensation, a feeling, a mission, or even a doctrine. True love is a genuine desire for the well-being of another. It is holy, sacrificial, and other-oriented. A love that we can only know through the One who is love Himself.

God commands His people to love Him with all their heart, soul, and strength. Jesus reiterates this, telling us that the first and greatest commandment is that we are to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, all of our soul, all of our mind, and all of our strength. He tells us that all men will know that we are His disciples by our love for one another. Then Paul explains in his letter to the Corinthians that faith, hope, and love are all lasting virtues, but the greatest of these three is love.