BY: NATALIE CHA
Love. Is it the flutter in your stomach, the rush of heat on your cheeks, the worn hands of a sacrificial parent, or the greatest act of redemption in all of human history? All of these represent this common word in some dimension. Still, at least once in our lives, we wonder ‘What is love?’ We admit there is something missing, a deep void in our hearts, empty and unfulfilled. But there must be – there has to be – an answer tucked away someplace, somewhere.
Gripped by this burning question, we go out into the world in search of the answer. Some look for it in the pursuit of one’s passion at a university or in the zeal of one’s purpose at the work place. Others say it’s found in the arms of a childhood friend turned lover or in the fateful encounter with “the one”. We search and search in every crevice of our lives, sometimes truly believing we’ve finally found it. But, the longing still remains: the ever unquenchable desire to love and be loved.
Therefore we return to our question ‘What is love?’ empty-handed and even more confused. So, this time, let us turn our eyes from the broken things of this world, and towards He who first loved, He who sent His one and only Son to die on the cross, so that whoever may believe will be brought from death and granted eternal life. Jesus Christ set the perfect example of what love is, for “greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
But even Christians struggle and turn away from this truth, looking for love in other places, and in other ways, as promised and defined by the world. It is here, where the journal’s discussion on “Love” begins. Not only is the first question addressed, but also those ones implied by it: Who should we love? Where is the love? Why do we love? How can we love? As we explore each inquiry, may the blindness that has veiled our eyes and the twisted lies we chose to fill our hearts with vanish. As we search for the truth in answer to the age old question ‘What is love?’ may we find it in the absolute truth of Jesus Christ.
In the end, all earthly love points to Jesus being Lord and Savior. Through the example of his perfect life, He clearly showed how we are to fulfill the two greatest commandments: love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind and love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39). Then, through His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, He revealed the extent of His love, that neither death nor life will ever separate us from His love (Romans 8:38). Let us allow this truth to sink into our hearts and fill the barren space until our souls burst with joy in the assurance that we are wholly, perfectly and infinitely loved by our most significant other – God.