By Randy Webster
The O’Jays was a group who sang a song called “Love Train”. We can come up with many metaphors to describe love. However, what do we really think love is? In western culture, we view love as a feeling with common phrases used such as “I love you or I love that show.” The problem with love being a feeling is emotions ebb and flow making them highly unstable. Emotions fluctuate in both substance and intensity along a continuum. Since emotions are constantly shifting, they tend to be move quite easily by the words, deeds, or even perceived thoughts of others. This possibly can be reflected in the high rates of divorce as couples are basing their love on a feeling that is dependent upon another to be maintained.
I, however, challenge you to shift your focus from viewing love as not only a feeling but more so as a verb. For God, love spells DO! John 3:16 “For God so Loved the world, that He GAVE His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 14:15 “If you LOVE Me, KEEP My commandments.” And Eph. 5:25 “Husbands, LOVE your wives, even as Christ also LOVED the church, and GAVE Himself for it.”
Love is in what you do, say, and behave toward others. It’s what we do not necessarily what we feel. So, going back to our opening statement about love being a train. As our love train goes along on the rails of life carrying all of the various cars that represent our stages, struggles and triumphs, let us remember the engine that pulls the entire thing along is our commitment to the ones we love and love the feeling is the caboose.