What is Love?

A simple question, yet one that has stretched the limits of philosophical thought, poetic brilliance and the wordsmithing of songwriters. Here are some answers from some children to this same question:

“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of their.” (Chrissy – age 6)
“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” (Terri – age 4)
“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” (Dany – age 7)
“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” (Bobby – age 5)
“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every days.” (Noelle – age 7)
“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.” (May Ann – age 4)
“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” (Jessica – age 7)
“When my grandmother got arthritis, shouldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather doe it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” (Rebecca – age 8)

How does God answer this same question?
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)

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