May 14, 2016 | 09:36 am
Posted by Rev. Michael Bos

Speak Softly, Love

This week the sermon’s focus is on relationships, with love having a prominent place. Not very surprising, I know. The problem is that we use the word “love” so often it can become devoid of meaning. What exactly do we mean when we speak of love?

Here are some things people have said about love:

“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.” Vonnegut

“What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.” Dostoyevsky

“Love is like a fever which comes and goes quite independently of the will. … there are no age limits for love.” Stendhal

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.” Shakespeare

“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” Russell

“The more one judges, the less one loves.” de Balzac

“Love is the very difficult understanding that something other than yourself is real.” Murdoch

“Love is nature’s way of tricking people into reproducing.” Anonymous

In 1 John 4 it says that “God is love.” As we consider the fullness of what this means, spend some time asking yourself, what do we mean when we speak of love? It’s hard to experience it if we don’t know what we’re looking for. More to come on Sunday.