Love is a Verb

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Artwork by Elhanan ben-Avraham

“For God so loved the world that He gave…”

Love as a noun is a mere abstract concept, a stagnant pond of wishful thinking. When love becomes a verb is achieves its potential living meaning. People perish for lack of the latter, for love unexpressed is not love at all. Love must find a dynamic language that may be understood by the beloved.

God is a communicator, an Artist expressing His glory in the Creation. We as His creation are given the ability to express, especially as His instruments to express His will and His love in this world. This is the mystery of the Messiah, through whom God’s love is expressed in its fullest and purest sense, the invisible made visible in a personal love that persists and prevails through time and tempest, forgiving.

Expressed love seeks only its own, a reciprocal expression of love in return, the tragedy when it is unrequited. When that expressed love from the Creator is personally experienced and felt, it is then possible to keep that foundational commandment to “love YHVH your God with all your heart,” for it is then mutual, and not a mere religious abstraction or idea. Love then becomes action and not mere words, as the Messiah who loved us first said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15).

Love is also a threshing instrument, separating the wheat from the chaff, exposing and making naked and vulnerable the grain. Love may sting at encountering its counterfeit of untruth. It reveals the authenticity of relationship, whether it is only a protected noun for the sake of show or doctrine, or a vitally expressed reality in word and deed. Love expressed is the reality by which a disciple of the Messiah may be discerned, without which knowledge or prophecy or mystic revelation are a mere clanging of cymbals and symbols.