Love seems to be an appropriate topic to write about this week since we have St. Valentine's Day on Sunday. One of my favorite movies is a film called "Love Actually". This film is a series of intertwined plots that all have the central theme of love and what it means to the people in each of the scenarios. The best part is the "feel good" sensation that you get when the movie has concluded because love wins out in each case.
That isn't the way of real life, I'm sorry to say. If you are successful in love, it is because you have two willing people that can and want to make sacrifices for the sake of the relationship.
There has been so much written about the topic of love that it seems a bit foolish to undertake the subject in a blog. There are different types of love. I believe that love is an emotion. Without getting too far out there, love is an energy that exists to be given to others. Love is accepting and kind.
Many describe love by stating what it is not. I prefer to simply say that love is trust. It allows us to make a commitment to another person. God is love and that love provides a foundation for faith.
"Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"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 if I deliver up my body to be burned,a but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."
- 1 Corinthians 13:1-7.