I always grin at Valentine’s Day because of the marketing hype, especially when folk indulge in one special day out of the whole year with that extra “love and care” towards their loved one, whether it be a boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, partner, etc. Is Valentine’s a superficial day to splash on cash, thanks to clever marketing that helps to boost the country’s economy? Personally, I find Valentine’s Day to be a distraction from the real love that we should give and receive on a daily basis. True love is not only an expression of joy in the company of others, but it is an intimate journey that is pursued and shared with others to the very end of our days.

But, what is love? Is love an overused word that we hear too often – that we have actually forgotten the real meaning of love? Or is love simply a cluster of mushy feelings that make you warm and fuzzy inside? Does love involve cuddly teddy bears, love hearts – and all things pink, red, cute and cuddly? Or is love defined by a stunning appearance by looks and perfection? Seriously?! What is love?

Describing the word love is actually very difficult for anyone to express. Let’s be honest here! Give it a thought or ponder it in your sleep, but you too will be surprised at how difficult it is to nail a universal definition of the word love. Maybe it is because that the love that we express and display to others is always conditional, even though we desire to love unconditionally. I mean, we are only human, we trip up and we are never consistent. We slip up.

However, God’s indescribable love is everlasting and unconditional. After all, God is the Author of Love, and of Salvation.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NLT)

~Richard