It’s one of the most common catch phrases these days…”Love is love.”
Those who believe that marriage goes beyond a man and woman, as defined in the bible…(Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:5, Ephesians 5:31) say as long as two people love each other, then that’s ALL that matters.
But, that’s not the only situation when love isn’t ALL that matters.
Is it okay to be in love with someone else’s spouse?
Is it okay for an adult to be in love with a minor?
Is it okay to be in love with your relative?
Is it okay to be in love with you best friend’s parent?
Some love is forbidden.
Some love is inappropriate.
For those who believe in God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, it’s because the bible says so.
Godly love has order and distinct behavior as defined in 1 Corinthians Chapter 13.
God’s love is defined and demonstrated all throughout the Old and New Testaments…and it’s not always smiles and good feelings.
Sometimes it’s challenges…
Sometimes it’s discipline…
Sometimes it’s wrath…
Sometimes it’s sacrifice…
Sometimes it’s reconciliation.
Now, if you don’t believe in the bible, there’s not much that can be said to convince you…
But, I’m talking to those who believe the bible is the inspired word of God.
But, more and more Christians are accepting, “Love is love…”
More and more Christians are accepting the thinking that when the bible addresses homosexuality that…”that’s not what it really means”.
But the bible is clear on the topic.
Just because a desire is natural doesn’t make it okay.
We are all created in sin, and our flesh is imperfect.
Psalm 51:5 (NKJV)
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
We are all born with different desires that we didn’t ask for…
Some are more naturally inclined towards violence…
Some are more naturally inclined towards being mean…
Some are more naturally inclined towards being selfish…
Some naturally have an unquenchable appetite for multiple sexual partners (just like King David in the bible)
And, some have a natural desire for people of their own sex.
Natural desires lead to multiple sins…
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (NKJV)
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,[a] nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
Our natural desires don’t make it right, and doesn’t mean that God made a mistake.
God is love, and His love doesn’t permit us to hate anyone.
Love has order…
Love has particular behavior…
Love has boundaries.
And we all have to resist those desires with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Our desires aren’t what dictate what love is…in fact, sometimes they deceive us.
We don’t define what love is…God does.