The month of February is all about love. I started pondering on the subject of love and the impact of it on our families and cities. I began to question what love is able to do and 2 words came into my mind. They are “UNITE” and “TRANSFORM”. And I thought: “That is interesting!” Not long after, the design “Love unites and transforms” was created. In blogging about this design, I hope to discuss in greater depth some questions you may have and possible answers for them. Well, naturally, the next question would be “How does love achieve that?” Let us begin, shall we?
When we say love unites, what does it mean? How does love achieve that? To understand all that, we need to understand the definitions. I shall attempt to give you a definition of the word love. In one of my previous blogs, according to the Bible, in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, it says:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
Love is basically not seek-focused. Rather putting another before one’s needs or wants. Now, looking at the definition of the word unite, I discovered an interesting term. According to an online dictionary, it reveals the word unite as:
Definition: To put together so as to make one; to join, as two or more constituents, to form a whole; to combine; to connect; to join; to cause to adhere; as, to unite bricks by mortar; to unite iron bars by welding; to unite two armies.
Definition: Hence, to join by a legal or moral bond, as families by marriage, nations by treaty, men by opinions; to join in interest, affection, fellowship, or the like; to cause to agree; to harmonize; to associate; to attach.
The term “connect” caught my eyes. We need two people to connect. When two people connect, there is communication. For communication to be at its peak, the speaker and the listener, need to understand and use the same language. Love is a language in which we communicate. If we express ourselves in love, because of the nature of love, we are able to connect to another. Often love brings two people together. In more ways, love tends to unite people because it is not self-seeking. I can therefore safely conclude that love does truly unite.
Now, how does love transform? How can love achieve that? As I searched for the definition of transformation, I discovered something interesting. Here is the definition:
1. To change markedly the appearance or form of:
2. To change the nature, function, or condition of; convert. See Synonyms at convert.
To transform, it means to alter, not just a minor change but an explosive change. It means a great deal to me knowing love is able to create such a huge impact and yet we don’t seem to grasp the truth of its capacity. Truly, how does love achieve that? One of the attributes of love mentioned in the Bible says: Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love disapproves all acts of evil. It embraces the truth. According to John 8:32, it says:
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
You may ask: Free from what? Well, the truth will set you free from what holds you in bondage. Could it be living in a life of lies, the compulsion to pursue after properties you cannot afford, compulsion to feed your unhealthy habits, addictions to substances, all of which can very well destroy your relationships with the ones you love? When one lives in truth, one lives truly free. And that is what love is able to accomplish in you. Love always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres. Love does nothing to cause your love ones harm, always seeking what is good for the ones you love. If we can achieve all that love does, wouldn’t we be changed inside out? Wouldn’t love transform our families? If we can truly love our neighbors and our communities, wouldn’t our cities be transformed? What about our nation?
God is love!
Finally, I would like to conclude that the Bible says in 1 John 4:8: “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” Is it true to say that our society today, in the state as it is, is because we do not know God? Have we misplaced Him somewhere? Shouldn’t we get back to the truth, because the truth will set you free? Something for you to ponder on today.. think about it. God bless you!
From Ours to Yours,