I am not qualified to speak of love. Nonetheless.
Thoughts on love.
When I think of ‘pure love’, I think of GOD…and GOD alone. When I read the love chapter in 1st Corinthians Chapter 13, it becomes obvious to me that no one I have EVER known (especially me) can claim that they personify that description of love. It sounds amazing! I see ‘pure’ love as an outgoing thing. In modern day vernacular, let’s call it streaming. It just pours out….no conditions. With GOD, it’s just who HE is. WOW!
Human ‘love’ is more of a tit for tat thing. Very, very conditional and discriminating, generally speaking. I’ll love you if you love me back. I’ll give to you if you give back to me. If you don’t live up to my expectations, well, quite frankly, you’re out! I’m sure there are exceptions, and I could name a few possibilities, but I won’t.
The point of this paragraph or two? GOD is amazing. We, as humans, not so much. That doesn't mean we should give up and quit trying to love like GOD does, though. Just the opposite. If we see where we lack, we just might be able to elevate our game a notch or two. Also, seeing where we lack might help us in the humility department. The LORD knows, we could all use a dose of that.
1 John 4:16…And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.
Matthew 5:43-45…You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
1 John 1:5…This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
John 3:16…For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.