If you ask most people what the opposite of Love is the common answer is Hate. However, hate is not the opposite of love, selfishness is.
Love, The God kind of love that we see in the Bible, is described in detail in the book of 1st Corinthians.
1Corinthians 13:4-8a Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.
This passage describes SELF-LESS behavior toward others.
Our original design was to live for others. We were created in the IMAGE of God. That doesn’t mean 2 arms, 2 legs, a head, and a torso. It means that we were designed to be LIKE HIM. And what is God like? John tells us.
1 John 4:8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
WOW! What a loaded statement! GOD IS LOVE!
Love isn’t just what God does, it is who He is. It is His nature, His character, His IMAGE. We were created to be like Him, LOVE. Love opens up realms of possibilities and allows us to see things from a higher perspective. The world becomes a bigger place when we are always seeking to help and bless others.
Love expands our influence and broadens our impact. Love makes room for others, love seeks to be someone’s answer to prayer. Love looks to sacrifice for the benefit of others.
Selfishness on the other hand seeks his own benefit at the expense of others. Selfishness puts “me” first, closing the door on the blessings of relationship. Selfishness withholds and hides from others. Selfishness cheats and connives to make sure he gets the best, the most, the greatest. Selfishness creates a very small, insignificant world of his own. Selfishness stands alone in a house made of straw, built on a foundation of sand where he can be king of his pathetic little kingdom. It is a sorry existence, and the smallest possible world one could possibly live in.
When we make Jesus the Lord of our life, the proper response is to lay down your life for Him. That means laying down your life for others just like He did.
To overcome in this life we must be self-less. We must love people with His love.
Romans 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Revelations 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
What’s love got to do with it? …Everything!