What is LOVE?

Philippines
October 31, 2007 8:40pm CST
This word is so mysterious that we really dont know the exact definition of it. So what I am trying here is to know WHAT love is and WHAT it is not. Start with What love is and followed by what it is not.
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@ryanphil01 (4185)
• Philippines
1 Nov 07
I always stick to 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 in characrterizing what LOVE is- Love is claimed by all, but few have been seized by its magnificent power, insight and commitment. We see this glibness of love when those taking their marriage vows state that they will stay married as long as their love endures. They don't have any true notion of love. Love by definition has many components, without any of them, love is missing. This is evident by the seven exclusive definitions for love - Love does not .... 4 Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails; Love is patient- Love does not insist on its own schedule and time constraints. People, especially hurt people, can absorb much time. The patient person trusts God with his very limited time. Love also is able to rightly treat all sorts of people We tend to expect people to listen to us the way we are used to, but often this does not work out that way. The patient person trusts God for wisdom to kindly care for each person. Love is kind - Love is kind. We might think this needs not to be said but after a careful examination of what is done in the name of love, we are wise to measure love only with the measuring cup called kindness. If a person is not kind, he simply is not loving. Love rejoices with the truth- Love might be humbled by the truth but it still finds its deepest allegiance is for the truth. Love is not preferential to a person so that it will thwart the truth. Love's companion is truth where the light shines brightly and lies and unfaithfulness are broken apart. Love bears all things- Easily provoked refers to little trifles in personal conflict such as in sibling or marriage relationships. By bearing all things, love can withstand the great shocks of rudeness, sin and absolute depravity. Out of the muddy waters comes the white lily flower. Love believes all things- This is not referring to today's toleration or ecumenism, but its innocent approach to life and people. She is protected from the pessimism of the age and enabled to treat each person full of respect and hope. Love endures all things- Love endures because God's love in Christ has endured. Our love in itself is limited but when God's love fills us, then nothing can stop it. God's love endures shame, reproach, evil, humility just as God's love in Christ pursued all these things so that we could receive that love. Love hopes all things- Love is not blind utopia but following from her faith, she is able to look ahead at the special opportunities that each relationship brings each day. She lives in the hope of God that God's grace can yet shine into the darkest places. Love never fails- There are no periods with God's love. God's love does not stop with the sunset or begin with the new week. Divine love will always continue throughout time and eternity. In the darkest of nights, there will always be the eternal light of God's love. Love will outshine hatred and penetrate the most vile evil with sacrifice. Love IS NOT jealous- When jealousy springs forth, we must rule out the possibility of love. Some would say that love is jealous because it wants and desires another person. However, true love gives up their right to another person's attention. Love instead commits itself to bringing benefit to the other person. Love DOES NOT brag- Once a person brags, the object of discussion is despised and seen as a utensil to be used. Bragging exalts oneself and looks down on others. Love requires a person to see good things in others and more often is silent when nothing quickly could be found. Love IS NOT arrogant- While bragging speaks of ones accomplishments, arrogance is found in the mind. Arrogance will shed its undesired fruit through glances, attitudes, comments, sleight of hand, and general treatment of others. Love prefers the respect of others over ones selfish desires. Love DOES NOT ACT unbecomingly- Unbecoming ways are ones in which they oddly attract attention to themselves. Odd or rude behavior attracts the notice of other people. Drawing attention to ourselves is the opposite to love where we would draw attention to the people in need. We focus on others. Love DOES NOT seek its own- When we seek our own welfare, we upset our ability to love. Love is seeking the welfare of others. If we prefer ourselves, then we will give ourselves preferential treatment. We will even lie, cheat, backbite, slander, etc. to serve our own needs. Love IS NOT provoked- True love is not easily shaken. Pretend love quickly changes its position. It is unable to live by principle when he lives for himself. We are in someway inconvenienced when provoked. Our pride is at least attacked. Love's determination is not changed. Love DOES NOT take into account a wrong suffered- Love does not get bitter. Wounded, hurt and mistreated it might be, but love will always forgive. She does not store up memories of wrong or plan for revenge. Love wipes the account of wrongs each day to enable her to keep caring for the needs of others. Love DOES NOT rejoice in unrighteousness- Whether we or others engage in evil behavior, those with a true loving heart will never rejoice. We see delight in the evil behavior of others. They think they are innocent because of it, but virtual delight in evil is association with it. Love is not present there. Credits: http://www.foundationsforfreedom.net/Topics/Love/Love015.html
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@meholl (510)
• United States
1 Nov 07
Well put. I was going to give my 2 cents, then I read your response and have decided that you have hit the mark. With what you have posted, I know that what my husband and I share is the defenition of true love
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• Philippines
1 Nov 07
The basis for believing what true love is still the magnificent power of God's love. Thanks for the encouragement.
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• United States
1 Nov 07
Love is anything that feels good, and anything that doesn't feel good is not love, but love can be brought to what is not love and then what is not love becomes love too, and really, I think what it boils down to is that everything is love, including yourself. I know it sounds corny but there it is anyway.
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@ishqvishq (1023)
• India
1 Nov 07
love is nothing just feeling for person to person a cause to live life thats it.