What is Love?
Look at God, our teacher, for the answers.
"Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13).
Love is not about demanding that you get what you want, but rather giving your everything for every one of God's children.
Love is willingly allowing our selves to be:
Poor, to sacrifice the pleasures of this world for greater treasures in Heaven
Betrayed, and still loving in return
Abandoned in your time of need, and still loving in return
Insulted, and still loving in return
Falsely Accused, and still loving in return
Beaten, and still loving in return
Mocked, and still loving in return
Crushed by Your Cross, and still loving in return
Humiliated, and still loving in return
Pierced with Wounds, and still loving in return
Put Through Dying a Horrible Emotionally and Physically Painful Death, and still loving in return
“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you" (John 15:12).
What is love? Real love demands sacrifice. It demands unconditional acceptance of others. It means putting your own wants and needs aside as an unmistakable way of demonstrating your love for others. Love is selfless. Love is pure. Love is nonjudgmental. Love heals, and it will save your soul.
Love is the culmination of God. He is the fullness of love. God, in His infinite love, created us. We are His creation designed to share in His love for eternity. His love is endless. His mercy is beyond all measure. Because of our human nature, we can’t conceive of such bounds of love. Yet, God calls us to “be love” (act lovingly towards everyone) and to "...be perfect as our heavenly father is perfect" (Matthew 5:48). So, we should strive to live a life of perfect love. Love (a true love for God) needs to be the root of all our intentions, thoughts, works and desires. If we feed the poor with a lack of love, no merit will be given to us, and as Scripture says, many gifts will be taken away as a result (cf. 1 Corinthians 13:8). Some might wonder how one can feed the poor without love. Well, it is quite easy: we allow pride to extinguish our love for the poor when we serve them with ulterior motives, such as striving for compliments or smiles of approval, and we allow our habits - serving the poor because you always have and forgot why - to extinguish our love. There are so many ways someone can seem to carry out an act of love with there actually being no love at all involved. And God who knows our true motives, and will reward or punish us accordingly. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10). Therefore, open up your heart to receive God’s infinite love and Divine Mercy so God can use you to share that same love and mercy with others. If you don’t possess the gift of faith (true faith that produces good works of the Lord), then pray that the good Lord will give you such a blessing so you too may be saved, through your faith, which is a gift from our Lord for your salvation (cf. Ephesians 2:8).