Defining “Love” . . . .

A corrective to our culture’s mis-definition and misunderstanding of “love”, from C.S. Lewis: “Love, in the Christian sense, does not mean an emotion. It is a state not of the feelings but of the will; the state of the will which we have naturally about ourselves, and must learn to have about other people.”
One place where I have seen true love lived out is between married people who have remained committed to each other through thick and thin. . . richer or poorer. . . sickness or health. . . through it all. I have also seen cultural “love” lived out as a temporary and fleeting emotion which is then used to justify divorce.
It’s a battle people. . . to know the truth that sets us free and leads us into God’s Shalom in the midst of life in a culture that tells us that “it’s all about you.” But it’s a battle we must enter with firm convictions and resolve. I am grateful for the good examples of couples living through the heartaches that sometimes come with the twilight years. Their twilight love offers a beautiful picture that is worthy of our stares.
My dad used to drill it in to me: “Love is a decision.”

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