Have you seen some of those stories about children’s definitions of love?  Some favorites include the insight of five-year old Karl who said, "Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other."  Mary Ann, age four observes, "Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day."  Danny saw a definition at his house. He reported, "Love is when my Mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK."  Jessica, who was eight, showed great wisdom when she said, "You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it.  But if you mean it, you should say it a lot.  People forget."  Perhaps the wisest of all was Jenny who was only four.  She declared, "There are two kinds of love.  Our love.  God's love.  But God makes both kinds of them."


J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.