What happens when you love love? Love love? What does that even mean?

Growing up in a Christian family, I always heard the verse from John 3:16, “for God so loved the world that He gave His Son…” If you grew up in a similar environment, you know the verse. You can recite it in your sleep. If you didn’t grow up in a Christian community, the verse refers to God sacrificing His son for us so that we can have eternal life and a better life with him. The thing about this verse is that it speaks to the essence of love. True love is unconditional and sacrificial. It’s everlasting.

Today, true love seems to be scarce. Love is conditional and temporary, and ever evolving. It has strings attached. It almost reads like an excel formula “if this, then that…”. But true love is not an excel formula and it doesn’t have a recipe. You cannot add a teaspoon of this and a sprinkle of that.

God is love, the creator of love, and His love for us has never been conditional or temporary. The way He wants us to love is also not conditional or temporary. It can’t be. We are not wired like that. We are designed to love and be loved unconditionally.

Today, as you confront the world and as you enjoy the start of a relationship or mourn the loss of one, remember that love is greater than today. The world is ever changing. We feel emotionally spent. We feel like an afterthought, but we are not an afterthought. Actually, before we were created, God knew us. He wove us in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). He gave us the breath of life and purpose (1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 2:10). He created us in love, with love, and out of love. He created us to feel love and share love, the way He loved us.

So, as you go about your day, scroll through social media, work alongside your colleagues, or hang out with your friends, remember to love love, give love, and be open to receiving love. The funny thing about love is that the more you give, the more you receive.