Definition of Love
"34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. 35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
Love without divine definition becomes the most horrible thing on earth. It can destroy men by the millions, and can be reduced to satanic sentimentalism. Divine love as defined by God, is doing for a person, in the light of eternity, what is best for that person, regardless of the cost. Thus, agape (divine) love is both kind and severe; merciful and stern; compassionate and authoritative; forgiving and demanding; and, soft and hard.
Therefore, modern love is a process of selection; it picks and chooses how it will love based solely on an expected and desired response. In other words, the effort extended is equal to the desired comfort. So then, the commitment level is rooted in ones feelings and expectations of that which will be returned by the object desired. The ideological view is, "When I do not receive what I need, I soon discover that I did not love it."Love and the Truth
"15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me."
Peter was to express his love toward Jesus by feeding His sheep. By thus feeding Jesus sheep, Peter was teaching and training Gods people in the whole counsel of God; Peter was teaching what was commanded of him by Christ and in doing so was expressing love towards Christ. Therefore Peters love can be seen in his commitment to the people of God in such a way that love was a product of obedience.
Furthermore, Christian love can be seen in commitment. The commitment of an individual to be obedient to the truth and the commandments of God manifests itself in Christian love. When such commitment takes place, love will be a natural by-product. Yes, we love because we were first loved, but, truth is the absolute by which we are to conduct ourselves. If we love (agape) someone it is because the truth lives in us and not because be expect something in return. For someone to say, "Well hes not a very loving person," may in itself be very misleading. We must first asked, "What is his commitment to the truth?" Love is not always something that can be felt; it is sometimes a matter of discernment. Why would a person dedicate his life to the teaching, preaching, protecting, and feeding of the flock if he did not love the flock? We can not allow ourselves to judge another on an emotion. Christian love is a virtue that results in a commitment to the truth.