Is love just a Chemical reaction?

Author: BibleAsk Team


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Speaker 1

So do we want to go ahead and get Robert’s question? So Robert is asking, would you say love is objective? What would you say to someone that says love is a chemical reaction or someone that loves in their way?

Speaker 2

So it’s a good question. And it is important when we speak with people that we always establish a common definition to a term. So we know we’re on the same page because, yeah, there’s hundreds of different definitions of love and they all mean different things. But when we’re talking about biblical love, especially the highest love, which is the Greek word agape, when we look at the original Greek in the New Testament and then it’d be Hessid in the Hebrew, it’s talking about an objective thing that we actually have a definition for. And so I’ll cover three verses that to me best define what love is that have given me idea what it looks like, how I can recognize it. And you see, it is an objective thing. There is a standard that’s separate apart for any of us. It’s not a subjective thing. And really it is again, the standard. I mean, ultimately all the law is summarized into love God and love others. And when we understand what love truly looks like, then we keep the law just by loving. We focus now just more on loving rather than this list of thousands of things that the Jews really fixated on and completely missed the point that God was wanting to teach them what love was really like.

Speaker 2

So some short examples of what love is, how it’s defined. First, the big one is One Corinthians 13. This is Paul talking about what love is. He says, Love suffers long, or some translations will say love is patient and is kind. Love does not envy. Love does not parade itself, or does not puff itself up. Yeah, is not puffed up, does not behave rudely, does not speak its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, love never fails. And then we go to Ephesians five two. This is still Paul writing. And by the way, Ephesians five, that’s the same chapter where it’s talking about husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church. And here’s what Paul says, Ephesians five two. He says, and walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and has given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savior Savor. And so here it’s showing that sacrifice and giving is very much a part of love. And indeed we come to John 1513 christ telling us that there greater love has no one than this than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

Speaker 2

That is the ultimate act of love. And this is indeed what Christ did for us on the cross. And this is one reason why the cross is so significant, because there God truly did the greatest act of love that he possibly could, because before this time, there could always be some doubt of, okay, does God really love us? How willing is God really to go? What is he willing to give up? But we see. First, Christ. You can see this in Philippians two, where Paul talks about how Christ gives up his high stature in heaven and didn’t think that being equal to God was something he had to cling to. He gave that up, and he became a human. And not just any human. He became a poor, impoverished human, like a servant, and then lived a life where he didn’t have any home even, right? He says foxes have homes, dens and all this, but I don’t have a home. He was homeless, and he was hated. And then he is stripped naked and he’s whipped and he’s abused physically and verbally and then gives his life all this to show how much he really does care for us, that he can connect with us.

Speaker 2

That all those, the glory, the beautifulness of heaven, he’s willing to give that up if that means that he can have us. There’s nothing he wouldn’t give, and he gave it. All this now is the standard of love that we all can strive, with God’s help, to carry out in our own lives. And we’re never going to be able to give what he can give because he had the most to give and he gave it. But now when we start looking at what do we have, and are we willing to give that to others, knowing we have the God of infinite resources backing us up, that’s where love really comes in. And love really is the test of faith too. Are you really willing to love people and sacrifice and give what you have, even to the point it hurts, knowing that you really do have a God who wants you to do those things and will empower you to do it, who will give you the resources? But if we just say, oh, no, I got to protect myself, and I got to do this, and it’s me, and others will come later. Now we’re really acting in a state of disbelief and not in place of love.

Speaker 2

We’re acting out of fear. And in fact, the irony is perfect. Love casts out fear. Love is the remedy to fear. Love is I could go on and on. Love is amazing when you finally unlock what it is that God is really trying to accomplish here. Love is the meaning of life. It gives life meaning. It is what we’re called to do. Love is the law. God is love. Like everything intersects and connects and consolidates in one point, and that point is love.

Speaker 1

Amen.

Speaker 2

Do you know any other thoughts?

Speaker 1

I love your passion about love.

Speaker 3

You guys are too mean. When I think about the question you’re presenting Robert, if love is objective and if it’s a chemical reaction, I would say love is much, much more than a chemical reaction. It’s not just like feelings in your brain and all those things. I’m a little bit sick from last week still. Sorry, just a second.

Speaker 2

Almost like pertussis.

Speaker 3

Sorry, maybe I got too emotional, too much love. But yeah, I think love is much, much more than that. And someone that loves in their way, people can love in a different way. But like my friend Jay is Wendy Jane Wendy are saying, you know, it’s that higher level of love that God standard is calling us to, which is to love unselfishly and to love in a way where it puts the other person first. Not in a way where know harming you, but in a way know you lose sight of yourself in essence because of something greater and bigger and more beautiful. And I think that’s something really special that we can see in our relationships here on earth. But they’re just simply a teaching tool of God’s greater love for us. And I see this, my husband and I, the beautiful things that he does for me as a loving spouse and then the beautiful way that we love our child. These are all just teaching tools to teach us about who God is and his amazing love. Again. And it’s much, much more than just these small things here on this earth. Like a chemical reaction, like, oh wow, I feel these sparks or whatever or something that it’s like, okay, well it’s a sense of duty.

Speaker 3

It’s objective. I’m just going to do it because I have to. No, it’s much, much more than that. Like my friend Jay was saying earlier, it’s a matter of the heart and a change of the heart. And only God can give us that love in our hearts, to love in the way that he wants us to, to share his light with the world just really quick to close. And God wants us to declare his character of love to the world because in one John four eight it says God is love. He who does not know love does not know God because God is love. And it says again in two Corinthians chapter four, verses six through eight, for God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness has shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God. The glory of God is his character and his character is love. To give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. And so as we know God and as we know Jesus and the love that he has, we can then take that love and share it with the world.

Speaker 3

But again, it has to be God putting that in our hearts first. And the only way God’s going to do it he’s not going to force us because he’s a gentleman. We have to ask for him to put it there. So I just hope and pray that you’re doing that on a daily basis, and God can then use you and he can shine his light of love through you as well.

Speaker 1

Amen.

Speaker 2

Amen.

Speaker 1

And love is a principle also.

Speaker 3

For sure.

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