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TipriTV.com What is True Love? By John Christopher
‘There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done,
Nothing you can sing that cant be sung,
Nothing you can say but you can learn
How to play the game,
It’s easy –
All you need is love,
All you need is love,
All you need is love, love,
Love is all you need”
That’s how the Beatles sang about love.
There is absolutely nobody who hates to be loved!
And surely there is none who loves to be hated!
Be it an infant just born or an aged person close to death, we all long for love.
To be loved and to love…
‘The mystery of love is stronger than the mystery of death’, says an old saying. After all what is love? A feeling? An emotion? A force or what?
Is it just coming together of two bodies or two minds or two souls or anything more?
“Love is a gift of one’s inner most soul to another so both can be whole”, said one wise man.
“Love is life, If you miss it, you miss life” said another.
Years have passed since the Beatles song, but the song is still around and it makes people smile. Too bad it had to end so soon. The sixties are ancient history now, the Beatles long since split up, John Lennon shot to death for no reason. Their song should have changed the world, but no one seems to have gotten the message.
In a world full of such wonderful definitions of love, with increasing number of love stories, movies and music filling our shelves, one fails to understand on the other hand, why the crime rate, rape rate, AIDS rate and suicide rate are on the rise at alarming heights.
According to one report in India only one out of seven suicides is reported to the police. In 1987 the reported suicides were 36,000 where as in 1997 it has risen to 98,000.
The last decade of the last century population in India has grown by 20% where as the suicides have grown by 21.2%
On the one side thick volumes on love, on the other side its death of all kinds.
Nothing seems to satisfy the human soul, and the question still remains the same…
Some tried to find solution in the platonic, some tried to find in the physical.
Some tried sex, some tried relationships, some tried possessions.
But isn’t it true that most of it ended up in disappointment, disease and death?
Princess Diana’s wedding to Prince Charles was called the wedding of the century, but very soon love faded, relationship broken and her funeral became the funeral of the Century. The whole world watched what her brother said at the funeral… ‘she remained an insecure person at heart…searching for love’
What went wrong?
Probably there’s a misunderstanding. May be it’s a wrong prescription following a wrong diagnosis of the question… What is love?
One description that stood the test of time was given by a man called Paul in the first century AD.
Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered.
It keeps no record wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always perseveres… Love never fails.
Interestingly though Paul was a very learned philosopher of his day, he was a religious fanatic, a murder, self-righteous freak, who later was transformed into a self giving, gentle human being, so full of love that he could explain to the world, about love in such a way where all other philosophers have failed.
He said, he was touched by love. A love that loved him when he was still an enemy. Isn’t it amazing that there is a love that loves the enemy?
‘Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend’, said Martin Luther King Jr.
True Love is sacred, love is holy and is pure, has the power to transform, because love is the true nature of God. For God is love. God is the source, the author of this fragile delicacy called Love.
But why we fail to understand Love, where is the key?
The secret is in understanding the source, the author and His purposes.
Failing to understand the purposes of the source will only end up in misusing and abusing the product.
Therefore God demonstrated His kind of love. Showing true love, the love that transforms, the love that satisfies the soul, the love that forgives.
‘This is how God demonstrated his love for us, that He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ into this world that we might live through him,' states the Bible. This is the love that loves the enemy. This is the love that helps the hopeless to live with hope. It is unconditional. It is the love that wipes away tears, takes away our pain because God chose to allow His Son to cry our tears, take our hurts and die our death. He bore the punishment of our sin to set the guilty free.
True love takes away fears, grants freedom.
Come experience true love. May your life be transformed, may you show forth true love.
Its only in Jesus.
For God so loved that world that He gave his only begotten Son, Jesus, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
Let the love, love you.