What’s Love Got To Do With It? Part I

In 1993 Tina Turner released one of her more popular songs by this same title, asking the question “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”  Tina asks, of her current romance, “what’s love got to do with it?”, in the sense that love is just an emotion, a temporary feeling, or a fleeting passion.  In fact, she wonders if it isn’t just a superficial emotion and not something that has much meaning or substance at all.

One would think that it sounds like a rhetorical question, one in which you hear the answer of “Everything!” being screamed back to the singer.  In fact, I think most of us would say, “What’s the use of having a relationship of any kind if it’s not based on love?”  That sounds like a very logical question.  But we all know that if a relationship goes on long enough, the feeling or emotional high from love alone wears off quickly.  For couples who have been married for years and years, love is more like something that is understood rather than felt.  We do know that ultimately, love has EVERYTHING to do with it.

Recently I’ve been challenged by a good friend of mine to think along those same lines regarding my faith and belief system.  I tend to operate in the legalistic realm, and have for longer than I care to admit.  Shedding that way of thinking is harder than you think it might be and it certainly clouds your perspective, your relationships with others and ultimately, your relationship with God.  My friend is challenging me to operate with love at the center of what I say, do and think.  Not a romantic love, like Tina talks about, but a love for others, a sacrificial love that puts others in front of self.

In this case, love does have EVERYTHING  to do with it Tina.  And it’s not for our gain or pleasure, but it’s in an effort to lay down our lives for someone else.  Hmmm, that sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

More on this later…

5 thoughts on “What’s Love Got To Do With It? Part I

  1. Love is written, talked about, in multitudinous ways. Taking center stage are God’s love and man’s love. Often depicted as being bestowed upon some, and held back from others. Requiring certain ceremonial acts, and/or having hidden conditions connected to that attainment. Even today’s dictionary defines love as: a strong affection or liking for someone or something; a passionate affection for someone, etc. And it is within this ideal of love, we are so mistaken, as to what real love, really is.
    Through lust and emptiness, one attempts to reinvent that which is so deep and unutterable. On the other hand, from a full heart, the unutterable is not only expressed… but recognized.
    Where the presence of love is, it can be seen and felt as all encompassing, rather than self gratifying. Its bigger, deeper and wider than many of the usual ways of showing it, and have for too long been mistaken as tokens of it.
    Real love is beneficial in itself, and needs nothing else to be complete. From the vantage point of subjectivity, however, love has limits, strings attached, and gain.
    Differentiating real love from self love, it becomes obvious as to which one is engaged simply by noticing who benefits from it, and how. To benefit is suppose to mean something good, but when it comes from the body’s desires and cravings, even the word good is suspect to scrutiny. In order to benefit and do good, the act has to be of a virtuous nature, which always includes others than just myself, and not only for the present, but long term too.
    The mechanics of love, are not easy to grasp when the mode of observation is small and transitory. Love depends on nothing, is a compilation of everything, and naturally gravitates outward… straight from the heart.

    • Sharon, I would also add that there are different expressions of love within the two larger arenas you mention; God’s love and man’s love. The Bible talks about eros love, philos love and agape love. The same is true for man. The most difficult expression of love is the agape kind, where we love unconditionally. We have no issues with erotic love, or brotherly love, but we start to breakdown, I believe, with agape love.

      I totally agree with your statement, “Where the presence of love is, it can be seen and felt as all encompassing, rather than self gratifying.” But I don’t think this is referring to anything but agape, or Christ-centered, selfless love. Faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is LOVE. It does encompass all things.

  2. Strange timing, David.  I am currently in a Bible study that is perusing “The Gospel of Ruth” and the lesson today addressed “What’s Love Got To Do With It” by Tina Turner.  As it turns out, love has everything to do with it/Him.    

    “You will never know God is faithful, if you don’t risk obeying Him!”   Love,   Donna

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