Life Without Love
What would you do if you were given all of the money in the world at the cost of living without love? All of the money to do whatever you please in life. Maybe travel across the globe, buy a new car, the sky’s the limit. Anything you want, but there would be no love in your life. What would you do?
Now, this can seem fun and lighthearted at the moment, but not realistic. We play around with our thoughts on what we could do if we were given that kind of financial status, say that maybe we can just “buy” ourselves love, or find a way to manifest it and still have everything else. Life would be simple, right? Wrong.
Even though this wealth seems great in its own way, there can be some setbacks. When our hearts are in the right place, we are satisfied. But when our hearts may be straining a bit on the far and distracted side, fleeing from love and turning towards alluring temptations, that’s when things can get tricky. Temporary satisfactions can only go so far.
In the Bible, there’s an explanation on the fundamentals of love, how according to the Word, God is love. We see that love is recognized through patience, kindness, and so much more. And even though this seems like something most people already know, there is a deeper meaning to it. When we take love out of the equation, all that’s left is emptiness.
Love brings hope, love brings reassurance, and love brings purpose. If we were given all of that freedom, but were lacking in love, we would be enslaved to a life without purpose. What is life if it doesn’t involve love?
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” [1 John 4:7-8] ESV
So let’s plug God into this equation. God brings hope, God brings reassurance, and God brings purpose. If we were provided all the freedom, only lacking God, we would be enslaved to an empty life.
“If I speak in the tongues of men and 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.” [1 Corinthians 13:1-2] ESV
Love is God, God is love. It’s in that understanding that we can develop purpose and be filled. All the money in the world is a tempting offer, but once thought out Biblically, we can find that our lives are already fulfilled with the love and light of Christ.