What is love? It’s the act of placing another person’s interests above your own.

Below is the very best description and definition of what love is to me. It is taken from the Bible in the “Love chapter” found in Corinthians I:13 and reads like this:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,  it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

Love, such a complex word to fully understand, yet something that is desired more than anything in life by all who are human. We are born from it, live by it, marry into it, and sometimes die for it. We can never really learn the true meaning of it unless we have had the good fortune of seeing it first-hand in our lives growing up. Unfortunately, few people are lucky enough to have been born into a family environment that fosters a life that is based on this type of love. Additionally, everyone is subjected to life in a world that is not fair, true, or based on real love. Instead, we are taught to be selfish, greedy, possessive and independent. Knowing this, how can real love ever have a chance in this world? Does real love conquer all? If so, when and how? I don’t know. I wished I had the answers to these questions so I could share them with you.

What I do know is that the reason why real love is unattainable is that many of the requirements of this kind of love are very difficult to achieve and maintain. For example, when was the last time you forgot when someone did something wrong to you?; or the last time you kept moving forward in the face of adversity and pain?; or always wanted to do the best for others and not for yourself?; or always told the truth to your friends and/or your lover? When was the last time you were true to yourself, let alone to others?

Now you can see why real love is so hard to attain even though we are all able to obtain it if we really want to. What must be done to bring forth this kind of love to all? I believe we must start with giving children a proper and sincere example of love – from both their parents and extended family. Then it should be practiced by all: fathers, mothers, grandparents, uncles, cousins, best friends, husbands, and wives. Try your best to consider others before yourself and always have hope and happiness in your heart so that you can encourage others to live a life based on this kind of love. Peace and love to you because love never dies!

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7 responses to “What is love? It’s the act of placing another person’s interests above your own.

  1. sofa. nice and touching

  2. when u were lonely I wish ur love…

  3. Many waters cannot quench love;rivers cannot wash it away. (Song of songs 8:7)

  4. "Love" is a sincere and selfless dedication, is to persist. When you pay for love, You will enjoy the love and happiness. More to pay more love, The more love will be more happy.

  5. I agree: ‘home’ is where love should start.

  6. Oh- what a reflective post,too! We did share the same thoughts about love… and you know I was really glad I had to go through it all- the emptiness, the escape, to conclude that it’s indeed endless. You are right- love never dies! :)

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  7. Hi Jim, I just read this wonderful post again and wanted to tell you that I should thank you for all you have taught me about love and life through your words. They are powerful and positive; I look forward to reading more of your posts. Thank you!

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