Continuing with the theme of a previous post, I would like to talk a little about love and what it might really be. I would say that, in the spiritual sense, it is an act of recognition. Love can only be love of the good and the true because that is all that is worth love and therefore it is all that can draw forth love as a genuine response. Therefore to know love as a spiritual reality, and not merely a human emotion or personal subjective response to something we happen to like, we must have some idea of the good and the true. Love orientates itself to the good and rejects the anti-good. It must. You cannot love truth and lies at the same time. Love is love of the truth which is the real, and the real is God. And that means love must start with a proper recognition of the reality of God.
I would go so far as to say that if you do not recognise the reality of God, you do not have the knowledge of love within you. For, as I said in that earlier post, God is love and love is God. You may have human feelings but these are not real love. The difference is that one has an opposite but the other does not. Proper spiritual love, which is the source of the feeling we know, that being spiritual love stepped down to a merely human level, cannot be separated from God because he is both its origin and its object. From him it then radiates out to all creation but, to be real, it must be directed to him first. Creator before creation as in the two commandments given by Jesus.
Love can only be love of the good, the beautiful and the true. That is what it is. It is nothing else. If you think about it, it cannot be anything else. For love has its proper object. It is not random or arbitrary or directed to anything regardless of its ability to reflect God and not distort his light. Love is a real thing and a response to the recognition of God or, at the very least, spiritual truth. If you don't recognise spiritual truth then you don't know love though you may imagine you do because you respond to the thought of it or else mistake an emotional response for love. But love is only truly to be found in God. It is love of the real good and therefore it categorically rejects all that is anti-good.
If you don't see and reject the anti-good in the world today then you have not yet awoken to the reality of love within you. You may think you have because you know what you know and what you feel. But you don't know what you don't know nor do you know what you don't feel, and that is why you mistake the lower for the higher and the imitation for the reality.
When Jesus told us that God is love he was also pointing out that we cannot know love until our hearts are orientated towards God. To say God is love means love is God but that is not the earthly love we are familiar with which is but a shadow of the real thing, a shadow caused by the blockage of the spiritual ignorance of the separate self. Only when we start to remove ourselves from identification with the ego and turn to the divine reality can we really begin to know love, and then we will find it is not so much a feeling as a state of being or, perhaps, a feeling that is part and parcel of being and therefore not subject to change.