THE ABSENCE OF ANYTHING THAT DIVIDES US ONE FROM ANOTHER
Depending on how interactive we are with others, whether on the job, in our volunteer work, at church or school, or simply at home with our families, most of us use the word love many times throughout any given day. When referring to our attitudes to objects such as, I love this dress, or I love that house, or I love this car, or I love pizza, aren’t we really just expressing our pleasure for these items and / or how much pleasure they give to us? In this instance, love has become a catch all word to interpret our positive connection to a material or external phenomenon.
On a higher note and much more eternal in scope, we use the word love to express how we feel to our spouses, our children, our friends, our extended families and generally those who communicate love to us. That is easy. Anyone can reciprocate like for like. The more difficult task however, is giving love to those who are not giving it back, or to those who are not acting in accordance with our standard for life. To love someone in the midst of their darkest hour is truly the only time that love is seen. Love is indeed unconditional commitment to imperfect people. Ponder this.
Since the first man and woman were placed on earth in the Garden of Eden—not debating the earliest origins of man—the essence of love has been the topic of the ages, the central focus of universal law.
Love is that four letter word that creates havoc in our lives. The entire universe revolves around it and every act that is committed by humans is measured by the context of this tiny little word. We judge one another according to the merits of the word. Families are torn apart because they don’t “love us” based on our level on understanding or misunderstanding of each other within the context of our individuality.
Truth is that if we all loved others as much as we say we do I imagine that the world would be a much better place. In the BBE translation of the bible that I use a lot there are 250 verses from Matthew to Revelation and 149 from Genesis to Malachi – 118 more verses than in the KJV. Regardless of what translation we use, the word is used a lot so we ought to take time to learn what it means.
In the Bhagavad Gita (The setting of the Gita in a battlefield has been interpreted as an allegory for the ethical and moral struggles of the human life) scripture used in the Indian nations of Hindu and are to them what our KJV is to Christians, it also speaks of love and living a selfless life in order to serve humanity. Scriptures of all nations have the same thread running through their texts, and each has a “sermon on the mount” that gets to the heart of faith and how to live with one another.
Despite all of the usage of the word, there are several levels to love and I think that the majority of people don’t really have a handle on the power of its essence. Love is a universal attitude that needs no words when experienced in the life of the beholder.
Love at its highest state can heal the soul that is destitute. That is what this little book is about. Let’s begin to look at what love is …
What inspired this book?
I can't say there was any one incident that inspired me to write this book. It was more like watching people of faith for a few years and how frivolously we toss around the word love. In light of what God's word says love is, my heart kept telling me, "We don't have a clue about what real life changing love is," so I set out to understand it myself at a higher level. My thoughts were, if God is love, and love never fails, then we're not grasping the truth about this word, because relationships are failing and life in the good ol' USA is floundering. That's all. I wanted to know more about what people of faith call love and why we aren't walking in it!