Dear Grace...

Why does love have to be so confusing?


Dear Amanda,

The word love is confusing. In our English language love means so many things. The Webster dictionary defines love as a warm liking or affection for a person, then goes  on to explain all the different types of love, like the love of family, friends, to the opposite sex, etc.

We think of love as an emotion. When people make us feel secure, content, safe, special  or needed, we call this love. But our emotions can fluctuate according to how others treat us. Love then is confusing.

God is love. His love is so big and vast and deep. It is unconditional, all forgiving, never ending. God loved you so much that He gave His Son for your sin. Jesus paid the price for your sin, death. Now, God calls you His child, and has marked you righteous..

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will not die but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

We were made from love to give love and be loved. When we allow God into our lives, the hole in our heart is filled. Then we can give that love, His love to others.  Love becomes a verb, it is action. It is also a choice. Love is the greatest thing on the earth. It breaks down barriers, it changes things and it gives value and worth to everyone. It is contagious and outrageous.

God’s love is not confusing. When we allow His love to fill us it naturally overflows to others and the world becomes a little bit better.