Love50 15 10 If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love;
The more one thinks about love the harder it is to define.
P 50 13 34 A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. P(John)
No one of course, can love as did Jesus love! Yet that is His command! As I have previously suggested, Jesus probably meant share The Love of God with one another as I have shared it with you.
Still, what is love?
My dictionary mentions various meanings for 'love' although it does not mention God.
According to common usage 'love' has innumerable meanings, as the dictionary suggests.
Dogs are, more likely then not, prepared to lay down their lives for their masters--not many of us are prepared to do that!
Yet, it is difficult to accept that such a dog has real 'love' and perhaps this is an rare instinct found in such an animal--but a quality to be fully respected and admired.
Most of us have a 'love' for money, spending a large part of our lives in acquiring the stuff.
We also love our heroes and artists and performers.
Homosexuals claim love in their relationships.
P 50 15 9 As the Father hath loved me, I also have loved you.
as I also have kept my Father's commandments, and do abide in his love.
50 15 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be filled. 50 15 12 This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you. 50 15 13 Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends. P(John)Who is Love.
So, we can perceive that a man has love in him if he follows Jesus' commandments, or if he lays down his life for his friend.
That is proof of love and not however, what love is.
Songs try to tell us what love is:- Love is a many splendid thing; Love is a beautiful song; love is a new way of living, a new way of starting each day!
Obviously, these beautiful and poetic words, do not really tell us much, except that love is something enchanting.
Spirit of Love
It seems to me that we must look at The Eternal-spirit to ascertain just what Love is--the Love that Jesus spoke of.
The Universal Church tells us that The Eternal-father is Infinite-existence; Infinite-source; Infinite-goodness.
And that The Eternal-son, The Eternal-word, issues from The Father in that The Father, in His consciousness-of-Self, brings forth an Eternal-person--The Son.
And the Bond between The Father and The Son, becomes an Eternal-person; becomes The Eternal-spirit,
Love then, has to be seen as a bond, an attraction--one to another.Perhaps then, the greatest form of 'love'
That would apply to every form of 'love', I suppose.
is typified by the greatest
quality of attraction.
That is to say, attraction for The Almighty would be the highest form of love for a mortal, while attraction for the devil, would be the lowest form of 'love'.The Father is God; The Son is God;
Yet somehow, that still does not give satisfaction as to the full meaning of Love.
While no creature will ever comprehend the Fullness of The Love of God, we are expected and commanded to discover as much of The Truth of Love as we are able.
The Church, in Her command of The Treasury of Truth, teaches:-
The Spirit is God. There is only one God.
Thus in attempting to define Love, we can not specifically observe The Spirit of Love, only, but we must observe Father, Son and Spirit.
This is so, because Love is God (the Spirit); Truth is God (The Son); Goodness is God (The Father)--but there is only one God.
Yet it is also clear that, to attempt to observe the Fullness of Love, one must have the ability to do so.
It is an astonishing dignity, a divine Gift, that we human beings do have this capability to observe, if only partially, The Fullness of The Trinity.