The term "four-letter words" has painted a huge boatload of English words with a tar brush. It is true that there is a handful of four-letter words that are scatological, sacrilegious, and disrespectful. We should know these words in order to avoid using them. Okay, every twelve-year old boy knows them, anyway, but we need not be stuck in the prepubescent stage of our lives.
Meanwhile there are tens of thousands of perfectly good and useful four-letter words in the English language. I propose to present a few of these select four-letter words that brighten or enhance our lives and our ability to communicate one with another. If I have the stamina for it we may go through the alphabet looking for such words. But meanwhile let us start with the best four-letter word of all:
As with many English words, this one can function either as a noun or a verb. This is not a thesaurus or dictionary, nor do I propose to write such for there exists a plethora of such volumes. We all have a construct of this word and recognize the deep emotional, spiritual, and intellectual power it evokes.
Sad the person who does not experience and receive love. Even sadder the one who does not practice love toward others.
"And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love." I Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
Remember, too, that Jesus summed up the law in two commandments. Both were to love. First, God; then our neighbors and ourselves.