Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Bible's Definition of True Love

What do you think being in love looks like?” Doug asked. “I don’t know. Maybe it looks like two people holding hands, going places together, wanting to be close…” said Luke. Doug replied, “I want to read to you what true love is in Ephesians 5:28-29:” “Husbands ought to love their wives as—” “Whoa, hold on, Doug,” Luke interrupted. “We’re talking about the L-word here, not the M-word. Marriage with Traci is not in my vocabulary, at least not yet. “Relax,” Doug said, laughing. “In these verses, true love just happens to be applied to husbands and wives. It works in all relationships.” Doug started over. “Husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church.”

“I thought Christians were supposed to love others more than themselves,” Luke said. Doug clarified, “We are to love God more than we love ourselves. But we are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. And ‘neighbor’ includes everyone: parents, brothers and sisters, boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife.” To be continued.

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