The impossible task of defining “love”

We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves. Our biggest question then becomes, “Well, what do you mean by ‘love’?” 

Love is the most context-specific act in the entire spectrum of human behavior. There is no other single human act more dependent on and immersed in immediate context. A dictionary is worthless in understanding and practicing love. Acts of love cannot be canned and then used off the shelf. Every act of love requires creative and personal giving, responding, and serving to appropriate to… both the person doing the loving and the person being loved.  — Eugene Peterson, As Kingfishers Catch Fire 

The insistence in Scripture is to love. The context is key. The Spirit is necessary. But above all… love. 

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