What is Love?
The Definition of Love: An intense feeling of deep affection. A great interest and pleasure in something.
One day there was a dad that needed to go to the store He took Helen (eight years old) and Brandon (five years old) to the Cloverleaf Mall in Hattiesburg to do a little shopping. When they drove up, they spotted a Peterbilt eighteen-wheeler parked with a big sign on it that said, “Petting Zoo.”
The kids jumped up in a rush and asked, “Daddy, Daddy. Can we go? Please. Please. Can we go?” He told them to go ahead, flipping them both a quarter before walking into Sears. They bolted away, leaving him free to take his time looking for a scroll saw.
A petting zoo consists of a portable fence erected in the mall with about six inches of sawdust and a hundred little furry baby animals of all kinds. Kids pay their money and stay in the enclosure enraptured with the squirmy little critters while their moms and dads shop.
A few minutes later, he turned around and saw Helen walking along behind him. He was surprised to see she preferred the hardware department to the petting zoo. Recognizing his error, so he bent down and asked her what was wrong.
She looked up at me with those giant limpid brown eyes and said sadly, “Well, Daddy, it cost fifty cents. So, I gave Brandon my quarter.” Then she said the most beautiful thing he had ever heard. She repeated the family motto. The family motto is in “Love is Action!”
She had given Brandon her quarter, and no one loves cuddly furry creatures more than Helen. Two weeks before she had watched Sandy, his wife, take his steak and say, “Love is Action!”
She had watched both of them do and say “Love is Action!” for years around the house. She had heard and seen “Love is Action,” and now she had incorporated it into her little lifestyle. It had become part of her.
What do you think he did? Well, not what you might think. As soon as he finished shoppping, he took Helen to the petting zoo. They stood by the fence and watched Brandon go crazy petting and feeding the animals.
Helen stood with her hands and chin resting on the fence and just watched Brandon. There was fifty cents burning a hole in his pocket; hw never offered it to Helen, and she never asked for it. Because she knew the whole family motto. It’s not “Love is Action.” It’s “Love is SACRIFICIAL Action!”
Love always pays a price. Love always costs something. Love is expensive. When you love, benefits accrue to another’s account. Love is for you, not for me. Love gives; it doesn’t grab.
Helen gave her quarter to Brandon and wanted to follow through with her lesson. She knew she had to taste the sacrifice. She wanted to experience that total family motto. Love is a sacrificial action. Dave Simmons, Dad, The Family Coach, Victor Books, 1991, pp. 123-124.
The Greatest Love Story
The greatest love story that has ever been told! Born to love you; it is a love that everyone wants, we all need, and can all have. If you have ever experienced love it is something that you will always try to acquire.
If you never have it is a gift that can be shared that keeps on giving. With love we can help others, we can fix broken relationships, and we can brighten a day for someone that can help them see their way out of a bad situation.
Love will help us be patient, understanding and help us and others be kind. Love only wishes the best for those around us; love is never arrogant or offensive.
With love we try to look out for others, the environment, and animals. With love we have hope because no matter how bad it gets it can get better.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ESV
This love that I am talking about; so immeasurably consuming and so tremendously abundant comes from the Father, son and the Holy Spirit.
Then you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God! Ephesians 3:18-19 TPT
God came to earth and took a fleshly body: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 ESV While here He experienced what it was like to be a human being, like any good Father He came down and suffered with us.
Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin. 1 Peter 4:1 ESV He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isaiah 53:3 ESV
When we become one of his friends we then fall under His guidance and protection.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord”. Jeremiah 29:11-14
Because of His love he sends help through the Holy Spirit and His angels Hebrews 1 14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
He loves us so much that he gave his only son so that we will be saved John 3 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned
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