Defining "Love"

According to John Lennon, "All you need is love!" Certainly we all need love. But whose love? And is it really all you need?

Is human affection sufficient? Is the love of a spouse, parent, child, sibling, relative, or friend enough to meet all your needs? Love such as this can be truly wonderful. I know full well! I've been happily married for more than 20 years and have six loving children.

But the love of fellow humans doesn't last forever. It wavers and sometimes fails. It may be tainted by selfishness or pride. Try though it might, it cannot heal every disease or every broken heart. It can't cure every addiction or transform all wayward behavior. Ultimately it can't help us avoid the consequences of death.

But the love of God can do all of these things!

The Quality of God's Love

The word חֶסֶד (ḥéseḏ), occurring around 250 times in the Old Testament, is the main term used to describe the love of God. But to translate חֶסֶד (ḥéseḏ) simply as "love" doesn't adequately convey its richness and depth. The love of God far surpasses that of humans. His חֶסֶד (ḥéseḏ) incorporates mercy, kindness, goodness, grace, and loyalty—and each aspect finds its supreme expression in Him.

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