You have been told and taught many things about love, yes you have probably had your conclusions about love based on your feelings or experiences but here is a new definition of love. Love is not just a feeling or an experience; love is a person and the person of Jesus Christ.
You probably must have read 1 Cor 13 saying it is not sufficient to speak the tongues of men and of angels neither is it sufficient to understand all mysteries, all knowledge and even to have faith that can move mountains without love. Love therefore is far more than giving all one’s resources to feeding the poor or even offering one’s body to be burned at the stake. All of these though lofty and amazing, they cannot be compared to the value of loving someone eternally—The kind of love that only originates from God for God is love.
1 John 4:10-11
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
It will be impossible for anyone to love without first experiencing God’s love. The degree to which we can love others is largely premised on our understanding of Christ’s love, the type that cannot be known without personal experience. This love is such that we may be filled up throughout our being to all the fullness of God so that we may have the richest experience of God’s presence in our lives, completely filled and flooded with God Himself.
This is when we will only be able to offer from the abundance of this love received and this is so because the end of this love is till eternity—Christ!. Loving one another beyond this current timeline is only possible by learning how Christ loved us and then duplicating the same.
As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. If Jesus was only able to love us as the Father loved Him, we also will only be able to love others as we abide in His love and this is only made possible by keeping His commandement which is to love like He loved.