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It takes more than one to love
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Love. What do we know about this powerful word?
Webster’s dictionary says, “Unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another: as (1) The fatherly concern of God for humankind (2) Brotherly concern for others (3) A person’s adoration of God the object of attachment, devotion or admiration (4), Attraction based on sexual desire: affection and tenderness felt by lovers, a beloved.”
In all these definitions we find a common theme, “A feeling for another.” What kind of love are you in? The word self is not a part of love. When used it shows the opposite of love, selfish. Love involves someone or something else.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
God set the standard for love, He showed it, gave it and made a promise/vow by it. Today more than 2,000 years later, we have problems keeping his standard.
There are several key lessons we must learn from God. First, we must show it. Through the sin of Adam and Eve we were born sinners, yet God has feelings for us even prior to our birth. Showing love involves positive feelings of some kind to another not yourself.  
Secondly, give it. We must give in order to receive. God gave His only begotten Son freely. So many times we just want it our way and when we don’t get it we shut down, deal with nobody, or treat people like crap. Imagine if God did that, we would not have the opportunity He has given us to go from death to life.
Third is the promise or vow, God said, “Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  We have a problem just speaking to one another, much less keeping our marriage vows. For richer or poorer, through sickness and health, to love and obey. We want the good health, the riches, and don’t want to obey each other.
Doing your own thing is not of God but selfishness, the opposite of love. We must not only believe in ourselves, and others, but primarily in God. God didn’t have to think about if He should give His Son’s life for us, he did it out of the true unconditional love He has for us.
True love is not something you need time to think about. It is a gut feeling that you either know you have or you don’t. We must understand what love is. Love one another and seek God’s love.
What kind of love are you in?

Endnote: 1. Holy Bible, Authorized King James Version, Thomas Nelson inc. ® 2003
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