Love. Everyone wants it. Most think they have it. But do they?
With the divorce rate skyrocketing, it really doesn’t look like people understand love. Real love. Love that is eternal, not emotional.
What is the difference?
Real love is an action verb. The “love” most people have is emotions based. That is why there is so many divorces, broken homes and broken relationships.
Love as an action
Love as an emotion
|Protects the person you love||No boundaries|
|Discusses issues with you||Discusses issues with others|
|When angry, puts away pride and tries to fix it||When angry, does things to hurt you|
|Never goes to sleep angry||May go days without speaking|
|Gives freely of time||Doesn’t make time or multitasks with you|
|Respects your wishes||Does what they want to do|
|Sacrifices for you||Puts their needs first|
Look at the table above and see which column your love falls under. If you fall in the second column, you may want to re-evaluate your definition of love.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
That is love as an action verb, not an emotion. And that is what we all should strive for. That is type of love that is special, because you don’t see it very often in today’s world.