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Living on Love

Throughout life we all have those whom we love. Parents, siblings, spouses, children, friends, and are all objects of our love and affection. Each of these people shares in our capacity and contributes to our ability to love.

At times these relationships can increase our capacity to love and at other times they can drain it. Regardless and without realizing it, we are all “living on love”.


In fact, love is the engine that drives us and makes our lives worth living. Scriptures tell us without love we are clanging symbol or a resounding gong.


So, if we can agree love is a driving force in our lives, why is it so difficult for us to give and receive love at times? Perhaps we are not capable of sustaining the love necessary to live a fulfilling and rewarding life on our own.


I do not know about anyone else, but in my life, love is a constant source of tension, even while being a source of joy and contentment.


How can this be? How can the same thing that brings tension into our loves bring us joy and happiness?


I believe the answer lies in the reality; we are all “living on love”.


Without love we can feel incomplete, which can lead us to being frustrated and hurt. Yet, even when this occurs, we can find rest and assurance in knowing we love and are wanting to be loved in return.


If we can acknowledge love is all I have mentioned, we must also acknowledge love is a gift. To take exception to this statement or to argue against it is most unfortunate.


You see, God created each of us as an act of love. He sent His Son to die for us to demonstrate that love. He did all this so we could learn to live on His love. Then in His graciousness He created those we love to allow us the opportunity to love others.


This is a profound mystery that has challenged the brightest of minds and brings light into the darkest regions of our hearts.


As with everything in life, “living on love” is an opportunity and learning to love God and others is our reward.


My hope in writing this is to impress upon everyone, you are loved! My prayer is, you remember that especially when it doesn’t feel as if you are!


1 John 4:8, “But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.



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