(Photo by Sarah Komisky)
A Note from The Editor
By Selma Komisky
Do you remember the cute little sleepy-eyed cartoon caricature couple “Love Is?” Well, maybe some don’t. This comic strip used to be printed in the newspaper weekly. Each week I would like to read the new thought of love. For example, a pic of the caricatures on a motorcycle with a caption would read: “Love is hitting the road together.” Another showed a pic of the couple starring into the night sky with a caption that would read, “Love is thanking your lucky stars for one another!” I know cheesy, right? But as I was writing this article I thought those sayings are so cleverly written that you want to say aww! But is that all love really means? No, I think love means so much more.
I don’t think we really know what God’s love is or how to love like God desires us to. Why? Because that doesn’t come natural to us. We, on the other hand, are selective about whom we love. You can say we are selfish. We only love those that show and reciprocate love back. However, in 1 John 4:7 it says, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.” God also says in Luke 6:32-36 (AMP), “If you [only] love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinner’s love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.” We learn that love comes from God and, when we walk in his ways, we are able to love others.
This February there is a lot of talk about love and that is why we at Marked Ministry want to dedicate this February issue to what we have come to believe as the true definition of love as we explore it in many facets of life with God and others.
Here are some scriptures to get us started:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love.”
– Jeremiah 31:3
God’s Love is Unrelenting and Everlasting
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
– John 3:16
God’s Love is Sacrificial
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
– Romans 5:8
God’s Love is Unconditional
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
– Hebrews 13:8
God’s Love is Never Changing
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”
– Ephesians 2:4-5
God’s love is Gracious
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
– Romans 8:38-39
God’s Love is Inseparable
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful…”
– 1 Corinthians 13:1-5
God’s Love Never Fails
May you discover more of the true definition of love in this issue.