A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (John 13:34 NKJV)
There is probably no topic which has captivated people throughout the centuries and from most every culture than the topic of love. We put a man on the moon, broke the speed of sound and mapped the human genome, but love remains a complete mystery. Mathematician cannot predict it. Poets still wrestle with adequate words to describe it. It may have been more than two centuries ago, but Plato’s words have never been more true. “Every heart sings a song, incomplete.” We are all looking for love. At any given moment, we may be far from it, but we never stop hoping the next opportunity is just over the horizon. We are all looking for true love.
True love requires you to reveal your true self to another. The famous author, C. S. Lewis, puts it best, ” To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one. Lewis is right. What makes love so hard, and sometimes painful, it is the vulnerability that always seem to accompany it. Unfortunately, vulnerability leaves our defenses down and often we get hurt. Jesus loves unconditionally and when we experience His true love, we can love other people with His love.