What is the opposite of love?
Think about it for a second.
Hate? Fear? Lust? Something else?
Now, let’s look at some math principles.
If you were to rate love on a vertical timeline, where would you place it?
Considering God is love, it’s gotta be pretty high up there.
Let’s say infinity.
Let’s look on the other end of the number line – the negative scale.
We’ll start with fear. Where does fear rate?
Yes, fear can be pretty powerful, but considering that according to God’s Word, perfect love (rated at infinity) can cast out all fear, love’s gotta be more powerful.
So, we’ve established that fear is less powerful than love, putting it at a lower rating than love.
Same goes for the rest of the suggestions.
Let’s review another math principle: that of opposites.
What’s the opposite of 2? -2.
What’s the opposite of -4? 4.
What’s the opposite of infinity? -infinity.
Is fear at negative infinity? No, therefore it and love are not opposites.
Just think about it. The word opposite denotes the fact that the two values are of the same value and power.
Are fear and love at the same level? Absolutely not!
Are they opposites? No.
Repeat the process with everything else and you’ll yield the very same answer: love is not an opposite with anything this world or the devil can come up with.
Love is completely unique. Love cannot share an absolute value with anything. God is love. Love is not just fleeting romance; love is so complex, powerful, and yet so simple that a whole chapter in the Bible was devoted to it.
In fact, not only might you want to examine yourselves about the opposites of love, read I Corinthians 13 and ask yourself if the thing you consider love really is love. We use the word so flippantly, and in so many contexts, like someone saying they love their boy/girlfriend (if this love isn’t a Jesus kind of love and/or doesn’t line up with I Corinthians 13, it’s probably not “true love”) or even ice cream!
Just think about it all throughout your day, and let the Lord speak to you. God bless you!