God addresses love as love appears in the King James Bible in 280 verses; 124 times in the Old and 156 times in the New Testament. Love describes a condition that must exist for you to acquire eternal happiness. Christ is the Light, the Way, the Word and the Truth as He makes His love available to you. There are no strings attached, however action is required on your part.
You must understand that love is something generated from within and cannot be forced. Love must be freely given as it is not a bargaining instrument. You know when it is present and you feel its absence. There is nothing more powerful, yet many misunderstand this power that love represents.
From the scriptures, Paul describes love to us by utilizing the word charity. A little research reveals why Paul describes love in this manner. Webster’s (3rd edition) gives the following definition;
Christian love: a : the virtue or act of loving God with a love which transcends that for creatures and of loving others for the sake of God b : divine love for man : love in its perfection c : the act of loving or the disposition to love all men as brothers because they are sons of God : love of fellow men.
The Strong’s Concordance offers the following translation of “charity”;
From the Greek word agapao - love, i.e. affection or benevolence; specially (plural) a love-feast :- (feast of) charity ([-ably]), dear, love.
Paul writes in 1 Cor 13:2:KJV
“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.”
Here you see that God, through Paul, is showing you the power of love as he compares our faith and understanding to the strength of your love. You see that love is fully capable of standing on its own.
1 Cor 13:4-5 KJV continues:
“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil”
Here, God describes the simplicity and purity of love as it reaches deep into your life without drawing attention.
1 Cor 13:8 KJV sums up the staying power of love:
“Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away”. Love never fails. God is letting you know what He seeks and provides you this simple recipe to show your intentions.