Love is the greatest source of happiness and even joy. Imagine, if you will, a four year old sitting playing on the floor when Mommy comes home from work. The four year old immediately jumps up and runs to hug Mommy happily yelling “Mommy! Mommy!” Mommy may be tired, hurting, even sad. Regardless, her child’s greeting will fill Mommy with happiness. Such is the power of love. Remember that only you can give God the gift of your love.

Commercial culture makes money distorting our understanding of love. But to have any understanding of “God is love.”, we need a clear understanding of love. First of all, there is love and then there is true love. We are interested here in true love only.

The word “love” is not a noun. Love is not something we fall in to and fall out of. The word “love” is a verb. Love is something we do. To love is to choose to benefit the one(s) we love. Our loving is in our choosing.

We are all born with the potential ability to love. It is part of being made in the image of God. We develop our ability to love by making choices. We grow especially strongly when we have good, valid reasons to not love.

Love is a gift, unearned and undeserved, or it is nothing. God loves you. God chooses to benefit you. God chooses to give you gifts. However, a gift cannot be given unless the gift is accepted. We each choose to accept or reject God actively loving us. We each choose to accept or reject God’s gifts.