Spiritually Speaking: Long-Run Love

Love has a different meaning for each of us.

Some feel it like an intense sensation in their hearts; others view it logically by counting up the check marks of compatibility, weighing the pros against the cons.

Some people explain love as just a chemical reaction that inexplicably occurs between certain people. Many believe it is an unseen force bringing people together for various reasons and seasons.

We’d probably all agree love isn’t limited to any one of the above categories, but instead is a conglomeration of all.

Really, love itself is quite simple—we are the complicated ones.

If we could get our own pride and desires out of the way, and seek the best for everyone else, whether it’s directed to a romantic partner, a friend, or a family member, love really can be unstoppable. We all want to be loved unconditionally, but because we are not perfect beings, we don’t know how to show this kind of love to others first in order for it to be reciprocated.

1 John 3:18 (KJV) says “…let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”

What we all want is long-run love. That’s when love is an experience and more than just a moment or a feeling that fades; that’s when it really becomes an enduring power source in our lives.

Think Energizer Bunny, or an ever-flowing spring or geyser.

Long-run love is durable–rugged.

It’s also known as Agape, one of my favorite words of all time.

Though it’s basically impossible for a human mind to grasp it, there is a way for this kind of love to seep into our veins and anchor our soul’s tree roots deep enough that no hardship or trial could ever uproot it.

We have to give up our limitations, fairytale expectations, and selfish motivations to allow Agape to supercharge us.

And who ever set a better example of this type of sacrifice than Jesus?