Real love by itself is neither a feeling, a passion, an emotion or an attraction. Feelings change, passions cool, attraction fades and emotions have been well described as a Roller Coaster ride.
Jeremiah 31:3 says, “The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving-kindness I have drawn you.”
The people who God was speaking about in this passage were some of the most unfaithful people as a group that the World has ever known. Though God revealed His love to Israel over and over again and gave them a special status as His chosen people, they repeatedly turned away from Him.
A Savior Loved Us First
Had love been an emotion, a passion, a feeling or an attraction God would have separated Himself forever from them. He didn’t, and that says it all. Real love comes from God. It never fails and nothing can separate believers from it.
We express real love when is comes out of us as fruit from the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22 says, “The fruit of the Spirit is love…” This is the first fruit mentioned in this famous passage. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13) This laying down does not happen naturally. It’s not something that the flesh wants to do. It only comes from a love that is real, and that love comes only from a Savior who loved us first.
We can’t forget that Jesus didn’t instruct us to only lay our life down for our friends, but also for our enemies (Luke 6:35).
Be a conduit of real love today in whatever you do.