A Journey in Love
Anointed to teach the word of God, L. Douglas Ware has been serving in ministry for 20 years serving in youth and men's ministries. Doug currently resides in Allen, TX with his wife of 17 years and three children.
A Journey in Love
THE CONCEPT OF LOVE
In the beginning: God. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. He looked with His omniscient view, and said, it is good. God separated the darkness from the light and again, He said, it is good. Thus God began His creative work. A work culminated with the creation of man in His own divine image. God created man and supplied him with everything that he would ever possibly have need of, with the exception of one thing. God did not give man someone to love. Adam, and for our purposes, man, discovered a need to love something that looked like himself. God loved his creation. It was perfect in and of itself. God loved man, who was made in His image and was created to be the fulfillment of the glory of God. However, in order for man to love God, he needed to learn how to love himself. He needed to understand the concept of love, a concept too deep for words and, which since the beginning of time, a concept we still do not fully comprehend.
It's funny, but it is said that until a person has loved and lost love, that he has never really lived. But if you were to ask one hundred people to define this most peculiar of emotions, you would get one hundred different answers. Some will say love is companionship. Some will say love is security. Some will say love is friendship. While you will find some who say that love is a good orgasm. I asked a young person what is love and they told me that love is like when you're in love. Love is love. We as a people have come to know love as so many different things, but what we have really done is condition ourselves to settle for parts of the whole and call it love.
People fall in and out of love at the drop of a hat. They fight, cry, and kill in the name of love. They try to control love. They try to possess love. Sadly, they do not truly understand the concept of love. You don't fall in and out of love. If you love someone, I mean really love them, you have given the very essence of your being to that person. It is serious. This real kind of love doesn't come and go with time, just like you don't fade with the seasons. God gave us His only begotten Son because He loved us. He didn't love us because we were perfect, he loved us in our imperfection and sent His Son to save us from us. Jesus, even after being crucified by man sent a Comforter to man because he loved mankind. Think about the completeness of the love of God. He sent us a Comforter to help us to deal with the circumstances that we created by not following Him.
Without forgiveness, there is no love, and without sacrifice, there is no love. Jesus gave His life for us because He loved us, and then said that He will never leave us or forsake us. That is a perfect illustration of love. Today we have become accustomed to settling for so much less just to say that we have found love. Never mind a man who will give his life for you, we say we are loved by people who barely give us the time of day.
The concept of love, what happened to it? Where did it go?
I can remember as a young man you couldn't tell me anything about love because I knew all that I wanted to know. I didn't know all there was to know, in fact I knew very little, but I knew all that I wanted to know. I carried all the concept of love I would ever need to know in my pants. In today's society, I guess I was the typical 'man'. I slept with whomever and did whatever. It didn't really matter to me because I did it all in the name of love. What a fool I was.
I believed in my heart that I was providing pleasure and love was expressed in that pleasure. I couldn't see that I was compromising myself by spreading myself too thin. I was conning myself to think that what I felt was real when was I fe