I have heard many people over the years say that love is over rated. Some even struggle to define what love is. Many would say love is just an emotion. What about you what does love mean to you?
I believe that passion is a emotion but love is an action. We all strive for love from the moment we are born till we die. When we don't get it; we have a ache deep within our soul. An empty feeling. Many struggle to define love out side of feelings.
So, what is it that we want? Why is love so important to us? Let me try to give you the best definition I have found about what love is. It is found in the Bible, one of the most ancient manuscripts and a book trusted by many. In 1 Corinthians 13 it states that "Love is patient & kind, rejoices in the truth, it always protects, always trusts, always hopes & always perseveres." I would like to draw your attention to the description of each word -
Patient - having or showing the capacity for endurance
Kind - having or showing the desire to do good
Protects - to defend or guard
Trusts - to have confidence or to rely
Hopes - to believe or desire
Perseveres - to maintain or persist with purpose
Rejoices in the Truth - Delights or is glad in honesty & integrity
I encourage you to consider those in your life that you say you love. I know I for one fail many times in loving those in my life in this manner all the time. But, when I love those in my life without expecting anything back in return I don't have to be envious, boast, be proud, dishonour, be self-seeking, get easily angered, keep record of wrongs or delight in evil.
If we can love outside of looking what is in it for us, we can be free because there is no expectation of disappointments. To love in this manner all the time is a hard task, but those who have expierienced this kind of love would say that love has everything to do with our state of being. Keep in mind that we get what we give, not always in the same way or to the same measure.