What Love Is

February 12, 2008

“We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” – 1 John 3:16

Dr. Michael DeBakey, the famous heart surgeon, once received a letter from an 11-year-old girl with this question, “Is there any love in an artificial heart?” Love is illusive, yet we long for it.

How would you define love? Most everyone knows it is real, but who can really describe it?

I can’t define love, but God’s Word sure can. The Bible reminds us that love is patient and kind, not envious, selfish, or arrogant. Love doesn’t keep records when people let us down or do us wrong. Love forgives. Love is happy for others’ successes. Love is very optimistic. Love bears all things; it believes in others and what they can be, thus putting up with a lot. Love hopes for the best in others. True love never gives up; it just keeps on keeping on; it means a commitment to love a person whether they love us or not.

Is love found in an artificial heart? I’m afraid not, but love can be found in an old heart made new by the power of the Great Physician, Jesus Christ.