What is love?

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS - ~ Con­trib­uted by Rev Wayne Sheean of St Paul’s Angli­can Church, on be­half of the Com­bined Churches of De­niliquin.

‘Love Makes the World Go Round’ was a song writ­ten in 1961 for the Broad­way mu­si­cal Car­ni­val.

It is a quirky lit­tle melody of fall­ing in love be­ing cen­tral to the full­ness of liv­ing of the char­ac­ters be­ing portrayed.

Through the years many songs, nov­els, plays, movies and tele­vi­sion soap op­eras have en­ticed au­di­ences with tales of love and ro­mance.

And of­ten love seems to be some­thing that is used in forms of en­ter­tain­ment as a com­mod­ity to fall in and out of reg­u­larly, with­out any real sense of com­mit­ment nor of what love truly is.

True love is sin­gu­lar in its essence and pur­pose and can be ex­pe­ri­enced in var­i­ous forms such as God’s un­con­di­tional love for us and our love for God, the love of fam­i­lies, love be­tween hus­band and wife, chil­dren, sib­lings, friends and in the ser­vice of oth­ers, of na­tion and of this world as we care for peo­ple, some whom we may never meet.

Love es­sen­tially is a gift from God ex­pressed in God’s boun­ti­ful love in the cre­ation of all that we have in­clud­ing hu­mankind.

If we try to un­der­stand God’s all-em­brac­ing and in­ti­mate gift of life for ev­ery part of His cre­ation, then we can grasp how God has made us and all peo­ple in His own like­ness and good­ness, which means that we have within us the purest love and grace to share in Je­sus Christ’s life, death and res­ur­rec­tion as He shared the full­ness of our hu­man­ity.

We can look within our be­ing through prayer, med­i­ta­tion and bi­ble ex­plor­ing to find the real essence of why and how we should love our­selves — not in a con­ceited, self­ish way of what we can have or gain, but in freely giv­ing our­selves in love for oth­ers ex­pressed in the of­fer­ing of self in the nur­ture, growth and care of all peo­ple.

Je­sus gave us two great Com­mand­ments . . . Love God with all of our be­ing and love your neigh­bour as your­self.

May th­ese be cen­tral in our liv­ing so that we, our fam­i­lies, friends, so­ci­ety and world may be a more loving, car­ing, truth­ful, peace­ful and beau­ti­ful king­dom.

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