What is Love?

What is love?  Is it just an emotion, that ebbs and flows?  Or is it actions?  I believe that love is actions.  I will explain why in this post.

Emotions are fleeting.  What you feel today is not necessarily what you will feel tomorrow – heck, you may not feel that a minute from now.  Emotions – anger, love, hatred, lust, joy, etc. – can be exciting and exhilarating.   When you are “in love” you feel happy, ecstatic, can’t wait to see the other person.  Over time, those feeling subside.  What is left is reality.  Does that mean you no longer love the person?  No, it means the excitement has worn off.  It could also mean what you felt wasn’t love at all.

Love in action is as joyful today as it was yesterday.  This is because the joy comes from within you, not from the other person.  When love is an action, it will endure anything and overcome anything.  Actions associated with love include:

  • patience
  • empathy
  • honest communication
  • kindness
  • making time for the other person

When we consciously do these things, even if we don’t feel like it, our lives and those around us will be enriched.   Love has to be cultivated like a garden.  Love is work.  Love is hard.  Love is more than an emotion that comes and goes.

The Bible states in 1 Corinthians 13:4 through 8:

4 Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head,5 Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,6 Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,7 Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end.8 Love never dies.

When we are to display love that, we are truly loving.

Feel free to leave your comments and thoughts below.




6 thoughts on “What is Love?

  1. Nice article Donald. I couldn’t agree more. Sometimes the actions involve people doing what they don’t want to do, or don’t feel like doing. If they can still do those things in those conditions, they demonstrate love. I can’t count the number of things we’re supposed to do unto others, that we may not necessarily feel like: sowing, tithing, forgiving, etc. Love was the main commandment that Jesus said we are to obey; it covers all the others. Thanks for sharing.



    1. David,

      Thank you for sharing your comments. You are right, there is many things we are supposed whether we feel like it or not. I have a saying that “we should do what is right, not what feels right or is easy”. Like you said, love is the main commandment and when we truly love, the rest is easier.



  2. Nice and educative article. This how I can summarize it in one sentence: Loving is being willing to love.
    Yes, love is more than an emotion.
    Thank you Donald, and stay blessed.

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