Love is…

 From the apostle Paul:  1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a

4) Love is long suffering and kind.  Love is not jealous, it does not brag, does not get puffed up,  5) does not behave indecently, does not look for it’s own interests, does not become provoked.  It does not keep account of the injury.  6)  It does not rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth.  7)  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  8)  Love never fails.

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I was struck by the meaning of Love and what love is yesterday.  I imagine we all have our interpretations and requirements of that emotion.  It never ceases to amaze me how Love or the concept of it never seems to grow stale.  Love is the one constant that surrounds and sustains us.  Why else would we be here?

If what the Bible says is true, God is Love and everything He does is tempered with love.  If God is complete in Himself and lacks nothing, the whole of creation was set into motion because God loves life and wanted to share it.  And if we are created in God’s image as the Holy Book says we are, our paramount quality as human beings is Love.  It is as natural to us as breathing.  If we are to believe anything that God’s Word says it should be that.  What we do with said quality is entirely up to us because He also gave us free will.  But this is not a sermon and far be it from me to preach one, but the topic is what it is so to understand it we must look to the origination of the source.

I recently read a blog about a first time hockey mom and the pride she had in her 8 year old son during his inaugural day at practice.  What mattered to her was his happiness and I thought about the love that she had for him… unconditional, self-sacrificing and optimistic.  A mother’s love is so much the reflection of God’s Love that it is uncanny.  I envied that little guy…

Our personage, our being and very soul requires Love… it grounds us, fortifies and nutures us.  Like a mother’s love, it cements the soul and spirit together, it brings forth innocence and wonder.  Love transcends time and space, distance is traversed with the speed of thought, in the beat of a heart…  without it we are incomplete. 

Is it any wonder we feel the way we do when Love is suppressed? or not returned?  Our hearts and minds are sick, we yearn for a “cure,” to once again express Love the way we were designed to do.  Without it we are lost on a sea of despair searching for the light of love.  We flounder aimlessly, cast adrift without the guidance of either compass or stars. Then when Love is found we erupt like a spring that has been held back, a flood that has crashed through the gates, a well that once was dry now producing sweet, life sustaining water.  We rejoice!  our cup is full again.  Love is Life, we might be able to live without it… but it is a shallow existence.  There is no quality of life without love.    

It is no wonder we respond to pet therapy the way we do.  To love and give love in return is what we were designed to do.  When it is with held, we suffer emotionally, physically, spiritually.  When it is found we want to shout it from the rooftop.

Love is the feeling of a touch, a look, a word at the right time.  Love is sharing the touch, look and word.  Love is there when there is no touch, when there are no words and distance has put you out of sight.   

Love is waving in that distance, knowing she can’t be seen but still she waves because her heart tells her to.  The trees sing her name spoken from afar to the lofty breeze.  The rain patters on her window while somewhere a rainbow is forming to bridge that distance between them.  Love is reading and re-reading her words, not searching for more content or missed information but to be re-informed of her emotions, her sentiment and gentleness.  Love is to bask in the radiance of her composition and the expressions that tip toe around yet do not reveal.  Love shows her face everywhere, it is the assurance of the mutual bond as the rest of the world silently witnesses and steps back.  Love is a meshing of two kindred spirits on a higher plane, beyond the human realm… it requires no direct contact, no voice, no images, no sound.  Love springs from the Eternal One… mortality is but a simple vessel. 

Love is what we are made for, it is what we respond to and what we crave.  It is our function, our design, our very purpose in life to receive and give love in return. 

In that same Bible text at 1st Corinthians 13: 1-3, the apostle Paul talks about all the things he could have in this world; riches, power, fame but he summarizes in verse two by saying, “if I do not have Love, than I am nothing at all.”

Love is Life, and today my life begins again and that, my friends… is something to cherish.

peace.

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10 Responses to “Love is…”

  1. Dating Blogfeeds » Love is… Says:

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  2. whitewraven Says:

    … OR, love is a biologic behavior mechanism that helps to build and reinforce social groups. Social animals have an urge to socialize. Love is one of the many aspect of human emotion and instinct that embody that urge.

    If you would like a slightly friendlier definition: love describes a scenario where the happiness of another is important to your own happiness.

  3. chrisfiore5 Says:

    hello whitewraven,

    I have heard the social argument that love serves the need for Man to procreate, and it is a valid assumption if we neglect the Creator and put humans on the same level as animals.

    But I prefer a loftier reason for love which you have touched on. Love is best suited when it is offered up freely, given and received graciously… rather than taken as a mere ritualistic function to preserve the species.

    I long for the day when my love is received in the fashion that I wish to present it… for mutual satisfaction and in the expression of tender affection. Not a collision of fleshly bodies but an orbiting and interaction between spiritual ones.

    thanks for the visit and comment, hope to “see” you again soon.

    peace.

  4. karen62979 Says:

    I’m going to send you a picture that I think you’ll like. It’s going by email, it won’t copy here.

  5. Cyndi Says:

    And 1 Cor. 13:13 says, “And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three but the greatest of these is love.”

    So love, above all, is what is important. I know that is what sustains me.

  6. kira Says:

    haaahahhaa

  7. rolz911 Says:

    great expounding on the theme. I enjoy the depth of introspection here. will be interesting to know what do u do by day.. grt work kp posting

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