Love: builds or buries

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LOVE is the force that drives the world. Shah Jahan built one of the wonders of the modern world, Taj Mahal, to express his love towards his wife, Mumtaz. Akbar is said to have buried alive his son’s love, Anarkali. Many a times, for love, kings lost their kingdoms, scientists their projects, students their studies, players their goals, and some people their families.

If there were no trait called love there would not have been competitions and wars in this world!!! Am I exaggerating? Humans have the unique ability for giving and receiving love. Instead of using this unique ability, humankind chose to breed hatred. Hatred is dark and darkness can never drive away darkness. It is only light that can dispel darkness. This world needs the light of love to drive away the darkness of hatred.

Lao Tzu is right in his saying, “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” This world, now ruled by hatred, has lost its strength and ability to love thereby creating and breeding fear. Love has been turned into a commodity for business and a matter for just a day, called Valentines Day. Can a human breathe for only one day and survive a whole year? Can anyone speak, share and sing of love for a day and do away with love for the rest of the 365 days?

Having understood what the world needs, let us make a difference by sharing the true love with people whom we come into contact with. How true are the words of Mahatma Gandhi – “Where there is love there is life.” This world is dead and we need to induce life through love. Scientists have attempted, without any reasonable success, to make life in a laboratory. Even if that were to succeed, we know that it is impossible to create love! Love – the driving force, the problem remover and life sustainer – is the unique trait given by the Creator God, the ultimate lover.

Love needs expression and the ultimate one is that of God’s when He became human and died on the Cross – to transform humanity from hatred to love, from darkness to light and from death to life. The one who experiences that love cannot but share. A person who is not sharing has no share in that love.

Nearly 2000 years ago the beloved and loving disciple of Jesus, John, wrote the words that are needed the most now: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (pay the price through blood) for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and His love is perfected in us.” (I john 4: 7-12)

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Edward Kuntam