Love, what is it? How do you explain it? How does it really feel? In the secular world many use the act of sex as an expression of love. That is not love, that is a raw human act that can happen without any feeling or attachment unfortunately. That is not to say that a couple in love cannot enjoy sex, but sex within a loving marriage is much more than an animal act. I sit here today looking at my wife relaxing for an hour while we are away for a work related trip. I feel a strong relaxed appreciation for our relationship. I feel a strong love for her, a love beyond anything I have felt before in my life. We shared an experience that has changed our lives forever. We went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land together with some pretty remarkable folks. I have been reading some posts on Facebook from my new Pilgrim family. And the term family is real, we experienced a life changing event visiting our Lord’s Holy Land together. I love each and every one of them. Again the word love, an emotion far beyond understanding for many unfortunately. You might question how I can say that I love these people I only knew for 10 days. If logic held true you would be correct, but God goes beyond logic, he reaches past that which we consider typical.
90+ strangers met at an airport in New Jersey and for 10 days they lived their lives with 1 common focus. No TV, no radio, no newspaper. We come from all over the United States and Canada, we come from all walks of life, extreme differences in careers and income. We all chose to spend the next 10 days focused on building a closer relationship with Jesus our Lord. And guess what, when your life is focused on true and eternal love you develope strong relationships with people who are around you that have the same goals. We, all of us I dare to say, fell in love with each other in such a way that is beyond normal expectations. We formed a bond that is as strong, or I think even stronger than some those we have with blood relatives. And it did not matter who you were, what you did for a living, or how much money you made. Those questions rarely came up in fact. You see, when you focus on Christ nothing else matters in a real sense. Just the love for one another. This love is shared daily between us on a very special media site. We pray for each other daily, if someone is facing difficultly all they need to do is ask for help, they know full well we are there for them, we care for them, we will pray for them, because we love them. That is what our Lord gave us as part of his sacrifice. He opened the gates of heaven and gave us love.
Think about what Jesus did, first he took human form, what humility, our Lord reduced himself and took a human form and with it emotions such as pain as well as love.
He walked on earth trying to teach us about love, unfortunately along the way he met those ugly human characteristics such as: greed, hate, distrust, envy, pride. And how did he greet and react to these ugly characteristics, he met them with love.
When his mother asked him to help at a wedding because the bride and groom were short on wine, he respected his mother and acted out of love to help out.
When those people who acted out of pride, were full of envy of his followers, and who distrusted his teachings took him to have him hung on a cross and killed how did he react? He even knew what was coming, he knew of the suffering he must endure, he knew the pain involved, how did he react? He showed his love for us asked his Father not to blame those who were putting him to death, he asked for God to forgive them. That was the ultimate act of love.
Our Lord taught us: Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
So what is love? Even now I am not sure I can explain it to you in words, but I know what it feels like. I know that no matter what happens I will do anything possible to help my new family as well as my current family. I know it is a special gift that God has given us, a special gift not to be wasted. A gift that is meant to be shared freely and openly.
So in closing to both of my families, I love you and treasure you dearly.