Love Really Is Enough (When We Know What Love Really Is)

Love Really Is Enough (When We Know What Love Really Is)

Have you seen it in movies as often as I have? A father stands over his kids explaining how he and their mother were in love, But things change, and love wasn’t enough.

It breaks my heart how we learn love is merely affection — physical connection. Where our bodies decide whether love thrives.

The Righteous Brothers sang it in 1965: You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling. I’d get down on my knees for you if you would only love me like you used to do. We had a love you don’t find every day. So, don’t let it slip away. Bring back that lovin’ feelin’ ‘cause it’s gone, gone, gone.

Cheap love never lasts because it’s not the real thing.

Genuine love is worth the price because its quality lasts forever. And true love isn’t drawn like a heart, it’s shaped like a cross.


What love is not.


For fun, let’s zoom in on a couple star verses that give us clues about what love is not. Namely, three verses from 1 Corinthians 13.

“Though I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” Love isn’t something we say. Pledging promises, doling out compliments is not a means to love.

“And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” Love is not based on performance. Forty faithful years of marriage to a spouse we incessantly find fault with — means there’s murder in our heart.

“If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” We don’t earn love through sacrifice. Draining our time and money won’t fill our heart.

We can search for love, work for love, attempt to quicken love, but love cannot be achieved, only received.

We’re not born possessing the essence of love. We enter howling for the Presence of Love.

Love is exclusive to God, emptied on sinners.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 

There’s no such thing as low-cost love — because real love costs everything. What we conjured and collected about love from the backseat of childhood, the puny love we settled for during our 20’s and 30’s, every cover blurb listing 10 Ways to Keep Love Alive — must be torn from the pages of our past.

“If we empty our hearts of self, God will fill them with His love.” – Charles Spurgeon 


God — who is love — is Spirit.


Love is not physical attraction. Love is physical sacrifice.

Love is not two bodies joined at the lips. Love is offering our body to the lips of God.

God — who is love — is SpiritHE holds when flesh fades. And whose flesh isn’t fading fast?

Heart shaped boxes, cream filled chocolates, diamonds and roses are poetic proposes. But who stays when we curse their name? Who sees us through our ugly attitude? Patiently pardons our harsh remarks? Looks fondly on our aging frame?

It’s easy enough to put on a face and hold our tongue, as if the way to love is denying who we are, when really, the first step toward love is admitting who we are.

And get this…love is not burdensome. It’s the overflow of a living, loving God given away.

Real love is untouchable, irreversible, and indestructible. Schools aren’t telling it. Magazines aren’t selling it. Our leaders won’t admit to it. The powers of hell can’t get rid of it.

I’m down on my knees for you, so you might understand Love like you wanted to. A love we don’t find any other way. Don’t let this moment slip away — ‘cause Love is infinitely more than a feeling, And He’s here, right here for you.

If we desire love enough, it is enough to know Who Love really is.

12 Comments

  1. Joe on February 8, 2021 at 6:46 am

    Good morning,
    Very pretty verses and pictures. Beautiful messages in both. I have heard of some people even saying they love trees.
    Very nice.

    • Jo Ann Alo on February 8, 2021 at 7:16 am

      Glad you came.❄️

      • Gail Bohn on February 9, 2021 at 8:29 am

        JoAnn, your words inspire me so much. I feel so loved by God and knowing that even in my times of trouble that he is right there loving me is overwhelming to me. Thank you for putting this so beautifully!

        • Jo Ann Alo on February 9, 2021 at 9:29 am

          Oh, Gail…You don’t know how good it is to “hear” you say this. God’s love lifts us above our troubling circumstances! “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, BUT the Lord delivers him out of them all.” – Psalms 34:19
          Thank you for your words.

  2. Kary on February 8, 2021 at 8:22 am

    Beautifully written truth, once again!

    • Jo Ann Alo on February 8, 2021 at 8:53 am

      Love you, dear Friend. So grateful for you.❄️

      • David Emil on February 8, 2021 at 10:45 am

        Good morning, that is a beautiful, thorough & very detailed overview of love & it’s mechanics!!!

        Thank you

        • Jo Ann Alo on February 8, 2021 at 11:28 am

          So grateful this resonated with you David!
          Thank you for taking the time to say so! Love hearing from you. (STRONG HUG)

  3. David on February 8, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    Yes I am in AWE of what that love is and so undeserving but as his son
    I am so incredibly blessed.

    • Jo Ann Alo on February 8, 2021 at 6:09 pm

      WE ARE incredibly blessed. So grateful for your godly love over me, David.

  4. Karen Knecht on February 18, 2021 at 6:05 am

    Thank you for this reminder of what we need to capture and hold tight. His love is real love because it is Him. Oh that I can drown in it!

    • Jo Ann Alo on February 18, 2021 at 7:45 am

      I needed this reminder too, Karen. Holding tight and sinking in real Love together! (hug)

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