Letters To Tomi: A note on Love 2
My dearest Tomi,
I imagine you must have been anticipating this letter. I hope you didn’t have to lose any sleep over it though, I trust you to take good care of your body. This is the only physical asset God has entrusted in your care which gives you license to carry out your assignment on earth. You of all people should understand its gravity.
I’m impressed with the homework you did on the subject of love. You did well to mention some of its qualities: love is kind, patient, long suffering, takes no record of wrong etc. However, what I want you to understand is Love Himself before you mention His qualities. Here’s what I mean, it’s only when someone has identified the gate to our house before they can start mentioning its qualities like it being black and having vertical bars. The qualities only serve to substantiate and verify Love’s identity, but if you miss who Love is and start searching/finding these qualities somewhere else, you’ll more than likely end up with a copy cat.
Firstly, I need you to understand and remember who we are and whose we are: we are kingdom and we are God’s children. Every believer of this Truth most first and foremost realize that God is the source of all meaning and purpose; He gives relevance to all that we see and know. I need you to remember that everything gets its identity from God the master creator and hence, can only find its relevance in the context of who God is.
Secondly, Love is a person. Love is God. Or as scriptures state it, God is love. That ought to have summed it up for us, were it not that God is exceedingly and abundantly far above and beyond what our imaginations can possibly conceive. How then do we understand it you might ask? Well, we have been taught that God so loved the world He gave us His son. Scriptures further teach us that we know the love of God because Christ died for us. Meaning that, all that Love is, is embodied in the person of Jesus Christ. Any love expression we exhibit must portray the person of Jesus, anywhere it falls short of that demonstration is simply something else that isn’t God.
Thirdly, the ‘concept’ of love everyone seems to be raving about is an existent reality our human minds modelled after the only original — Christ. For example, the concept of marriage is gotten from the ultimate reality that Christ — at the end of the age — would be reunited with His bride — the church. Because of that existent reality, you find marriage to be a concept found in most (if not all) traditions across the earth. It’s our human attempt to showcase what God is (or would do). After all, we were (ultimately) made in His image.
Summarily, to bring this home. Love is simply every affection that is borne out of the womb of Christ, whether expressed through fondness as a parent with child (storge), brotherly as bond between friends with the same interests (philia), romantically as with a couple (eros) or unconditionally as God shows us (agape), it’s an expression of God to man. It embodies these four just as how light is a wavelength that embodies 7 spectra (of colours).
I hope my letters have been helpful. I believe you’ll have the wisdom needed in discerning how to apportion which of the forms of love to whomsoever rightly deserves it. Take good care until the next time you hear from me. I love you to the moon and back.
Yours with a quill,