I love peanut butter and banana sandwiches. I also love my wife. Do I love my sandwich as much as I love my wife? Hopefully not, but sometimes its can feel like that.

In grade school, and sometimes college, when you say something like I love peanut butter and banana sandwiches, someone might reply so why don’t you marry it, then?

Even though this seems crazy, petty and sarcastic, there’s a point to be made. Many people believe we throw around the word love way too much. But I would disagree. I don’t think that the word—or even the idea—of love is too widely used, or even used inappropriately in situations such as loving a sandwich. I also don’t think that humans are only capable of loving other humans.

In fact, the Word of God speaks of loving all kinds of things: money, life itself, control etc. These are not people, they are things and ideas. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks according to Matthew 12:34 KJV. I believe that, usually, when I say I love peanut butter and banana sandwiches, it’s actually true. I do love them.

The problem is not that people say they love certain things when they really don’t. The problem is that people choose the wrong things to love.