A lot of people today use the word “love” nonchalantly–from appreciating food, a movie star, a car, a career, or a friend. In many ways, this culture of carelessly using the word has trivialized its meaning.
Now, it can be quite hard to discern what people mean when they say they “love” something or someone. This is especially true when we describe our feelings for God. When we say, “I love you, Lord,” does it mean the same thing as when we say it about a car or a job? I would certainly hope not.
The modern world has adopted a notion of love that is completely different from what the Bible and Jesus Christ taught. When you search God’s Scriptures, you will see that people who wrote it used the word “love” to mean something very big, strong, sublime, and pure. One excellent example is John 3:16 “For God so LOVED the world that He gave His only begotten Son…”
To get an even better idea on what “true love” means to God, I have this wonderful read to recommend: “Love is Not a Facade: 1 Corinthians 13:6.”