It is so important that failure to “walk in love” has grave consequences for individuals, families, neighborhoods and every social institution.
Without love a society will not survive.
Love is the word that describes the character of a properly functioning moral being.
It is the reason God designed us as He did.
However, it is crucial that we know what love is and what is involved in expressing it.
There are many insufficient and incorrect ideas about love.
Most people are under the false assumption that love is an emotion. This is an assumption that is actually an enemy of love.
Others associate love with the act of accepting everyone and everything in a gentle, passive attitude of tolerance (with a smile – mostly tortured and phony).
Please understand, I am not against emotions nor am I against acceptance. I am in favour of both, in their proper place at the proper time, expressed in a proper way.
Love might be accompanied by wonderful emotion, but the emotion, itself, is not love. In fact, if one actually understands what love is, it will be realized that love might be accompanied by horrible emotion.
Love might require the acceptance of an individual or a particular behaviour, but it might also require the resistance of an individual or rejection of a particular behaviour.
What is love?
Check back tomorrow for the next installment of How Love Wins.