What is love?
Dictionary. com says love is
1. a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
2. a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.
3. passion or desire.
4. a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart.
Wikipedia says, “Love is the emotion of strong affection and personal attachment,” and How Stuff Works says the love is just a chemical addiction.
What do I think? I would define love as
I’m a Christian and I firmly believe that the words “God” and “love” are synonymous. When we truly care for another person, we are, in effect, showing them what God is like. By giving your heart, you mirror God’s love for us.
Of course, I’m oversimplifying it. Love is a complex emotion. And I don’t claim to know everything about it. I’m still young and I have a lot to learn. But when you get right down to the roots of it, love is truth, beauty, honor, strength. It leads a person to be more than themselves. It is the base of all that is good. It is good. And though it is infinitely precious, it is also completely free, because if you have to buy it, it isn’t love at all. And it is found in one person.
So, my Valentine prayer for you is this:
“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. Pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Eph. 3:14-19)