What is love?

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. -‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:2‬‬

What is love? Do you ever find yourself asking that question? I do! I often find myself questioning my motives and wondering how I can be sure I’m loving my spouse, children, friends, family, church family, and even my enemies, well. I want to love well, but my own efforts fall short much of the time. Jesus Christ set the ultimate example of what loving well looks like! The narrative of Jesus, found in the Bible, depicts His love as sacrificial, above all. This particular verse in Ephesians describes this sacrificial love as a fragrant offering to God. You see, when we allow the love of Jesus to work through us, we can give of ourselves, in turn presenting our offering to God. We find similar words in Romans, when we are called to live lives of sacrifice, as our spiritual worship: 

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:1‬ ‭ESV

Worship goes beyond songs of praise, prayer, etc.. True worship is fully giving of ourselves, especially when seeking to love others in the name of Jesus. Truly loving, means truly giving. It means setting our preferences and selfish desires aside, for the sake of others. So, what is love? According to the Bible, love in its truest form, is sacrifice. Loving well means giving well. And what is love, if not for the love of Christ working through us?

“”This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

‭‭John‬ ‭15:12-13‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Stephania Whitfield

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