What Definition of Love Are You Working With?

definition of love

My favourite inspirational fiction writer is an author called Francine Rivers, she is responsible for writing one of the most beautiful works of fiction that I’ve ever read, a book called Redeeming Love (I encourage you to read it). The book highlights and illustrates a romantic love that is rear in our society; a love that many don’t even know exists. It paints a picture of love that caused me to ask the question, what definition of love are we working with?

Before I delve into the meat of the matter, a bit of background. The book is based loosely on the Biblical story of Hosea and Gomer.  In the Bible we are told that God asks Hosea, a righteous man to marry a prostitute. Hosea does just that and marries a prostitute called Gomer. Hosea loves Gomer but in return, she returns to prostitution and conceives a number of children with men other than her husband.

In the words of Guvna B; ‘Gomer was flirting and merking the heart of this man’ and at first glance it looks a lot like liberties, not love. But in Hosea 3:1 we see this;

The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”

Wow, that’s how deep a man should love his wife. And that’s how deep God loves us. I have to confess, that level love is almost too deep for me to wrap my head around. That degree of love can only come from God and someone who knows God.

God is love (1 John 4:8) and He shows us how to love by first loving us (I John 4:19), He gives us the blueprint. The love we have for others should then come out of that. For me that’s why only a man that knew God would do (but that’s another story for another day).

I’ll leave you with this thought: the next time someone tells you they love you, it would be wise to ponder the question, what definition of love are they working with?

Truth be told a lot of what we call love is counterfeit; a poor imitation of the real thing. A lot of women are walking around with Pink Lips & Empty Hearts because they settled for a love that was counterfeit, don’t be one of them. Get to know the author of love and in due season he’ll introduce you to a romantic love like no other – I know.


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