By Carol Round

What is love?

pondering love together

"What is love?", according to Google, has been among the top three most-searched phrases for the past four consecutive years. Love, the most profound emotion known to human beings, is most often equated with romantic relationships.

While Valentine's Day has its origins in Christianity, the custom of sending cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts originated in the United Kingdom in the early 19th century.

According to statistics, more than 150 million Valentine cards are exchanged annually, over $1 billion dollars' worth of chocolate is purchased in the United States alone and approximately 110 million roses, mostly red, are sold and delivered within the three-day Valentine's Day time period.

The day we celebrate romantic love has become a lucrative holiday for the card companies, chocolatiers and floral shops.

When I googled the phrase, "What is love?" I found articles on the topic ranging from psychology websites to dating sites. Along with a list of YouTube videos, those were the sites that topped the search results.

I wondered what the people who googled this phrase discovered in their search. Did they find the answers they were seeking?

Christian author Phillip Keller once wrote, "Love in a [Biblical] sense is not a soft, sentimental emotion. It is a deliberate act of my will. It means that I am willing to lay down my life, lay myself out and put myself out on behalf of another."

That is exactly what Jesus Christ did for us in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus prayed on the night before His crucifixion, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will" (see Luke 22:39).

When Jesus went to the cross for us, love became an action, not a fleeting emotion.

I have come to realise humans will disappoint us. Because humans seek to love and be loved, we search for meaning and significance in all the wrong places. Only through a personal relationship with our Saviour can we experience authentic love. Through the priceless gift of God's sacrifice, we can finally comprehend the most amazing truth. We were planned before we were ever conceived in our mother's wombs. We were created in His heart. We were wanted. He loved us before He ever set His eyes on us.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (see John 3:16)."

You don't have to google "What is love?" Just read 1 John 4:10: "This is real love – not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins."?

Article courtesy of ASSIST News Service

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