And this is love that we walk according to his commandments

2 John 6

Most people attempt to define love; yet, accomplishing this can be more slippery than a live fish that I am trying to handle without a net. I think that my hands are around it and that I have it under control, and then it wiggles and twists and pops out of my hands. Love can be very much like this, I think that I truly understand how to relate to someone, how to connect at a deep and a caring level, and in an instant, I am chasing the relationship along a wet, grassy slope with my feet slipping and my heart racing.

We humans are challenged in the area of understanding and living in loving relationships; we are reluctant to get too close to people and we don’t know how to act and what to expect when we do get close. Yet this sort of deep, concerned, and caring interaction is what God designed into our hearts. We desire it and we need it; and the spiritual health and the restoration of our world depend upon our willingness to love others. God’s love is the attraction that brings people together, and it is the glue that binds us together in the community of Christ. 

It is God’s love that draws people to Him; it is His love for me that has pulled me back to the Lord when I have tried to fill my life with alternate gods. This is the same love that God tells each of us to portray and to display when we interact with others. We are to always be honest, yet we are to love; we are to be direct while wrapping the conversation in the love of Christ; and we are to help people understand what is and what is not righteous living, and love absolutely through it all. In order to understand love and how to love others, we need to look to the Spirit of God for understanding; search his Word for his desires for us, for his commandments; and look deep inside at the love that God has implanted in our hearts. When we come to the place of nexus, the intersection of God’s Spirit, His Word, and Christ in our hearts, we have begun to understand love.