Charlie Brown Defines Love

Lucy said to Charlie Brown, “You know what I don’t understand? I don’t understand love!”

Charlie Brown responded, “Who does?”

Lucy said, “Explain love to me, Charlie Brown.”

Said Charlie: “You can’t explain love. I can recommend a book or a poem or a painting, but I can’t explain love.”

Lucy: “Well, try, Charlie Brown, try.”

Charlie tried. “Well, let’s say I see this beautiful, cute little girl walk by.”

Lucy interrupted, “Why does she have to be cute? Huh? Why can’t someone fall in love with someone with freckles and a big nose? Explain that!”

Charlie: “Well, maybe you are right. Let’s just say I see this girl walk by with this great big nose.”

Lucy: “I didn’t say GREAT BIG NOSE!”

Charlie: “You not only can’t explain love, you can’t even talk about it.”

Let’s talk about it. The ancient Greeks had three distinct words for love, meaning sensual love, friendship love, and sacrificial love. God has one word for love: the sacrificial kind. The most famous verse in the Bible begins, “God so loved.” God loves with a sacrificial love that cost him his son. He loves us all, including those of us with a big nose.

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