Author: Pastor Greg Laurie
Valentine’s Day is a holiday dedicated to love. But what is love? If you listen to the songs that have been recorded over the years about love, you would find some interesting definitions. In fact, it’s kind of frightening to think that some people might come up with their view of love from movies and songs.
For instance, what do we know about love from songs? We know that “what the world needs now is love, sweet love.” We also know that “love is a many-splendored thing.” Another song tells us that “love is the answer.” Perhaps the Beatles recorded the definitive song on the subject: “All You Need Is Love.”
Various philosophers have opined on love as well. Plato called love “a grave mental disease.” Oliver Wendell Holmes was more optimistic about love when he said, “Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” And Erich Fromm called love “the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.”
The Bible says clearly that God is love. We don’t have a greater example of love than what we have in God showing his love for us. The definitive statement on love is 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” (NIV).
We have this amazing example of love in which God loved us. So how should we respond? We ought to love him back. In fact, the Bible says, “We love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19 NKJV).