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Love is Preference

Like joy...the word love is not fully understood.  In fact we often use love for food, movies, experiences, our spouse, and our Lord.  Something about that is out of place....clearly we do not love our food the same we love our spouse!  

To love is to prefer.  The biblical word agapáo (to love) means to prefer what God prefers, to choose His choices and obey them, to actively and willingly participate with them.

According to this definition of love - do you love God?  

If you apply this definition of love to your spouse do you love your spouse? Do you prefer what they prefer? Choose their choices? Actively and willingly participate with them?

What about loving those who drive you crazy, those whom you don't like?  Do you extend this same kind of love to them?
1 John tells us that God is love.  Therefore He alone can define what love is and how it is to be expressed.  Humanity attempts to manipulate the word and it's meaning - but God's standard stands.  We are only able to love others because God first loved us.  His love - even while we sinned against him - is what fills us.
Matthew 22:36-40
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Luke 6:27
But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.
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