“Love” What does it mean?

At my Church, it is a mega church.  We are encouraged to walk up and embrace total strangers and say “I love you”. I mean it.  While He was here on earth, Jesus Christ did it. However, from time to time, I get the feeling people are doing it because they have been asked to do so. Sometimes people say “God loves you and so do I”   God loves me of that I’m sure.  It’s the “so do I” that I am a little unsure about.

Here in America, we say ” I love ice cream”. I might suggest one should say “I like ice cream very much”. We sometimes say I love my pet or I love my parents and siblings. The love we have for our pets is not the same as the love we have for our parents and other siblings.  It should not be.  We say I love my children and my spouse or significant other.  That is all good but what does it mean?  One loves ice cream differently from the way one loves his/her parents or other siblings.  It is not a crime to say one loves his/her children differently from the way one loves his/her spouse or significant other.

In other countries, people are more specific in their use of the word (L O V E)  love. There is a specific word for the love of ice cream or something to eat and a different word for the love of a  pet and another word for the love of a friend or distance relative.  There is still another word for romantic love.  American English Language needs more words.  We all know what is meant by “God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever believe on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

Keep loving. It is good for your health. Simply make sure it is the correct kind of love for each occasion.

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