What Is Love?
Why is it Important?
Have you ever considered those questions? What really is love? And why do we all desire it?
This coming Grandchild has me contemplating these very questions.
Have you ever paused to really consider love? If Love is just an emotion, why is it important?
But it’s an emotion that we all yearn to have, to feel, and to share.
Living without it is empty.
Could it be because we are hard wired to need love to be complete?
I think so.
Love From the Beginning of Time
Since the beginning of written history spiritual texts have discussed how an individual is only complete when they love. Love of God, oneself, and others.
Every sacred text talks about how we were created to love and be loved.
The following are some of my favorite written words, and they are about love.
1st Corinthians 13:1-13 It says, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
What Does Love Really Do?
I love my horses. They bring me peace.
My dogs, they bring me joy.
My silly cats, they entertain me.
But my heart belongs to my loved ones. Many times they are my reason for continuing on. I am so thankful God moved me closer to them. No matter what the world throws at me I can handle it because I am near my loved ones.
Love is a treasured gift
It breaks my heart to see couples or families fighting, bickering of trivial things. We need to remember love bares all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
That is an incredibly powerful emotion. It can incite powerful emotions. We must cling to it no matter what.
I’m afraid love is often taken for granted. Therefore, I would like to start a list of simple, but important ways to keep love growing. I encourage your participation in this project. Let’s see how many we can come up with!
7 Simple Steps to Keep Love Alive and Growing
- Tell your loved one(s) you love them. We need to hear it.
- Show them you love them by doing simple kindnesses. Men, hold the door for you lady, open the car door for her, bring her flowers or a small gift, take out the garbage, keep the car filled up for her, and make sure it’s in good running condition.
- Ladies, appreciate your man. Tell him how much you appreciate the little things he does for you like putting gas in the car, cleaning the gutters, mowing the grass, taking out the trash.
- APPRECIATE EACH OTHER
- Realize how lucky you are to have someone that loves you and that you love.
- Be sure to smile at each other and practice a 30 second kiss every day. No peck as you pass kisses. But a real kiss. You never know when it may be the last kiss you give that person.
- Even if you don’t think you are a hugger, you can become one. And there is nothing more wonderful than a real, loving hug from your loved one, because it’s usually followed by a great kiss!
So, that’s my starter list. Can you all add to these? I hope so!
Let’s see how many loving ideas we can come up with! Simply click in the comments section below. Don’t worry about giving me your email address, I will never sell it or give it to any one!
I love YOU!
I am blessed to have you here and in my life!
(1) Gump, B.,State University of New York. Retrieved 8/28/14 from http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=117439
(2) Ortigue, S. http://www.syr.edu/news/articles/2010/ortigue-neuroimaging-of-love-10-10.html
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