“God is love”, period! Whether we may find it difficult understanding or not, love is the most perfect spiritual and emotional experience of the human being. First, love uplifts us to God, and second, it draws us closer to one another. When people fall in love, they fall into the perfect ways of God because love is the greatest and highest standard of morality. The apostle Paul wrote:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8).
That’s awesome! The explication of love by Paul cannot be possible unless God is the source of love. As the Latin theologians said, Deus est summum bonum, meaning, “God is the highest good”. Consequently, love is God incarnate! It’s God-principle working in hearts. Hence, it’s written:
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God” (1 John 4: 7).
But how does the joy of love and the feeling of love work together? As we know already, love is not a feeling. It’s a principle of life. Yet, love has an emotional response. Depending on the kind of relationship, human feelings always play a role in falling in love. Love seeks to give and to possess. The ecstatic joy a person feels when in love is an indication that one is under the frenzy of a divine force. Love is a higher inspiration! It’s a strong emotion! It’s a perfect feeling! It’s a bliss of divine presence which causes the hearts of two persons to dance. The joy of love is real, and only God can give it. A joyful experience of God leads to a joyful experience of love. This does not necessarily brushes away the pain from loving the unloving. However, joy surmounts every painful experience.
Yes, love is a gift, and once given, one has received something sacred and greater than self. However, to love is a choice that we have to make each passing day. Allana Pratt, an intimate expert, wrote in one of her seminar reports Relationships: Empowering men and women for life: “… every choice had to end in SAFE” (p. 3). No one would like to make a deliberate choice to hurt self. Love plus common sense should end in safety.
Are you already in love? Or hoping to begin a loving relationship? Don’t forget the God-principle of love that God is love. Trust Him, and do things according to His ways. The joy of love is an inspiration, and a higher inspiration. Jesus pointed it out: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-40). These are the greatest inspiration of all the commandments.