Love is not just a noun, nor just a verb, nor just an adjective. Love, as a word exist as all three. Forgive me, my parts of speech and grammar vernacular are a bit rusty, but I will attempt explain my reasoning. Love is a noun, a thing- it can be described as a set of feeling or emotions, that could possibly compel someone to action, it is tangible. Likewise, Love is an verb- it is act of doing something in response to the feelings and/or emotions that someone is experiencing. In today’s world we use the word Love to modify the way something feel, an adjective- We refer to God as “The Loving God” or we are loving on a person (not just loving a person, but loving on-what does loving on look like?).
To be true to what I believe, I believe that Love must exist in all three forms that I discribed above to be Love that God discribed. Perfect and whole Love is meanless without taking in to consideration all the way Love is played out. I can not have one without the other, Love can not exist as a whole without all three supporting each other. Without all three, you are left with “Like” and “Lust.”
Lust is love that is born out of selfish and self fullfilling motives. Lust looks like love, but in the end it is a verocious, life sucking emotion that will destroy from the inside out. Love is the opposite- it fulfills and acts out of unselfish motives, it seeks to give and put the interest other above it’s self.
“Like” is petty feeling that pales in comparison to Love that I described above. Like is used interchangablily with Love and that is not so. (Like can exist in many parts of speach; however, it is never as strong as a adverb or verb) “Like” does not compell people to do crazy, life changing things for others. “Like” may not be as selfish like lust, but it will still tear one away and make some one calaus.
God’s love for us is perfect. The love that Jesus live out was perfect and whole. The lives that the apostles outlined in their letters to the early churches plead people to live lives full of love and how outline out that looks in pratical application.
To pull this full circle… God’s love for me is pure and blameless, not self seeking and supremely patient and forgiving. In my desire to love others, I find there is a fine line between lust and Love. I can not do anything to justify or rationalize His love for me; therefore, I ought to strive to do the same for those around, I ought not try to justify loving or not love those around me, God calls me to love.