I lived with my grandparents from the age of 3 to when I turned 6. I missed my mother so much during that period, I eventually became angry and mad at her. I had concluded that my mother did not love me. It took another 7 years of awesome motherly love before my anger went away to be replaced with love.
My thinking about love from that early age was not about what I could give, but about the affection and care I believed I was entitled to receive from my mother. Even now as an adult, husband, and father, my first reaction when I hear the word love, is not about what I can give, but about what I want from the other person.
Jesus calls us to think differently, when he states in Matthew 22:36-40 (NLT): “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart…’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and… the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
We all want to be loved, but the only way this can happen is when we all give love. If we keep our love to ourselves, we don’t give to others, society becomes hell for all. Society works better when we practice a ‘love your neighbor’ lifestyle; LOVE is the cure, to all our political and economic problems.
May the Lord help us grow out of viewing love in terms of what we get, into seeing love as a well of goodwill from us to our neighbor, Amen!