What is Love?
One question people seem not to have answers to in our modern day society is,“What is Love?”
Wars have been fought over it. Billions have been spent over it. People love it. People hate it. Some, still do not understand it.
But this age-old question has already been answered by God in the Holy Bible.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” John 3:16.
If the creator of the world loved us so much, why can’t we as humans love each other? Why do we hate and do horrible things to each other? Why do we think about reciprocating the bad things people do to us instead of the good things? Why don’t we love each other enough to treat people well?
Why don’t we teach love and why do we limit love?
For those who try to show love, it’s often in the wrong ways.
Some think love can only be shown through sex, but having sex with someone doesn’t necessarily show you love them.
You can be attracted to someone sexually but not have love for them. Sex doesn’t really show how one can love the other. Sex does not equate to love.
Love really takes a lot of sacrifice, meaning love has to be patient, polite, caring, gentle, and compromising.
Ugandan blogger and self-proclaimed love expert, Mahbuba Matovu agrees.
“Love is compromise. Meet each other in the middle,” Matovu said.
Even families struggle with love. Some don’t compromise and others simply don’t show or teach love. For example, some mothers, even after carrying their children in the womb for nine months, have trouble showing love to them.
This brings about issues that go beyond this particular circumstance because then that child isn’t properly taught how to show love. This can create a domino effect and cripple communities.
While love is supposed to encompass great qualities, it is sometimes difficult to fully express it in the 21st century.
Love has no boundaries or limitations. Love does not know color, race, gender and religion.
But our times limit what should be limitless.
Someone cannot show their love to another person of same sex without it being classified as gay and without these people being discriminated against.
Love should not be classified by or limited with gender. There’s a difference between loving someone genuinely that happens to be the same sex, and having sexual relations with the same sex. Love does not know gender. Love does not have a face.
Love can be shown, taught and given by family, friends, spouses, coworkers and even from church and religious groups.
As humans, we have a natural affinity for love. That’s what differentiates us from other species.
Love should be welcomed and limitless because everyone deserves a chance to love and to be loved.
As a society, we need to have compassion and embrace people with love and affection.
This world would be a better place if we did.