Does Love Still Exist in the World?
For a French assignment, I was given the project of answering the question, « Does love still exist in the world? » Here is my English version of my response.
It is my belief that true love does exist in the world.
I am not speaking about desire, admiration, friendship or lust. Jesus said, “Greater love has no man than this, that he lays down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) True love is desiring the best for another person, even at the cost of one’s own self. This sort of love exists first and foremost as parents loving their children. Jesus said that even though we are evil, we know how to give good gifts to our children. (Mat. 7:11, Luke 11:13) We love because we are meeting God’s image (Gen. 1:27), and He loves us (John 3:16). Whether we know it or not, we love because he first loved us (1 John 4:19).
This is also why God sent John the Baptist to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and children back their fathers. If love does not exist in families, it does not exist at all, and a culture is under God’s curse and is doomed (Malachi 4:6).
Every person has the capacity to love, but there are at least three ways that love may die. Sin is a violation of love (Luke 10:26-27), and repeated sins can cause the heart to become seared and unable to love (1 Tim. 4:2). Secondly, very lawless and difficult times may make love grow cold (Mat. 24:12). Finally, the spiritual battle between God and Satan can destroy love in the home. As Jesus said, « all men will hate you… Even mothers will turn against their children, and children will deliver their parents up to death” (Mat. 10:21).
Although love may die through the harshness and sins of life, every time a child is born their parents are reminded of the love that God has for all his children. And there is a new chance to discover what love means.
But most of all, I believe that love exists in the world because God is in this world. He works through his children in the church. It is true that true love exists outside of the church, because non-Christians are made in God’s image just as much as Christians are. It is also true that Christians may have cold hearts, and many who call themselves Christians are false brethren.
However, it is through his work redeeming souls and healing hearts that God’s kingdom continues to make progress in this world.
The most perfect place where I can witness love is in the unconditional manner in which Jesus loves me, gives Himself for me and forgives me over and over. I hope that through me love may exist in the world around me.