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June 22, 2021 - Perfect Love

For the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth - that Love is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.

Viktor Frankl, "Man's Search For Meaning"

I'm beginning to understand the importance, nay the criticality, of love. I think I understand, simply because I study it or because I hear it being preached. But there is so much that I don't truly grasp yet, and probably won't in this life. Notice I said "beginning" to understand. My humanness says that I understand this or that so I should move on to the next thing. But do I really understand it? Certainly not on a divine level.

There's a reason that the two greatest commandments are to love God and love your fellow human beings. Love? What a simple, yet complex concept. I may think I know what love is. I love my wife. I love my kids. I love my bigger family and close friends. But, that love is a mortal love. That's all I know. Or, rather, that's all I remember here on earth. As much as I love my wife, for example, it's awe inspiring to think that there is a far more perfect love than what I know now. I can love my wife far more perfectly. I may think I already love her as much as possible, but there is so much yet to learn. That is exciting news to me.

That is the love that Christ has for us, perfect love, what that means, I don't know. That is the type of love we need to have for Him and for our Heavenly Parents, and for all of our brothers and sisters. That's the love we need to strive for, that we need to develop and strengthen.

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