Those that have this understanding of love have missed the true power of love. They only see love as a noun. To me, when love is used as a noun it usually is selfish love or how it makes me feel. What can I get out of the enjoyment, peace, comfort, or happiness. But what about others? Does this love that we say we have for other things or people share the same emotion/feeling? Only when love becomes a verb can we truly understand what power it has.
The Bible says that God is love! It also tells us how, from the beginning of time God has reached out to man to restore us. After the fall into sin and the separation from God, man has continually ran and hid from God. But God's love for man despite the sin has caused him to be "moved with compassion" (Matthew 9:36) to restore us back to Him. John 3:16 is probably the most well known scripture in the Bible and it says "For God so loved the world that he gave...". Love gives!
God's love for man caused him to move towards us with an action to restore us. Romans 5:8 states that "while we were yet sinners Christ died for us". When God was not receiving anything from us, he was still giving everything to us! He was giving us life and that more abundantly.
God's love is giving
John 15:13 proves this by stating "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends". When we say we love something or someone, is it because we are receiving from it or are we speaking about the giving power of love?
Love covers a multitude of sin
1 Peter 4:8 reminds us to love like God loves and to give to the thing or person we love. Our world could really use more love today. Even our enemies and the unlovable because God loves them too.
Lets give love!
Rev. Jerry Bowers