Wednesday, October 10, 2007

What Is Your Definition Of True Love?

... that's the question Steps posted on his facebook. When I saw that I thought, "Wow, that's pretty deep for a young man.

I wondered what prompted him to ask that question. The night he got home from spending the day with us, he looked for the book we had mentioned and started to read it... that very night. I was impressed. Jewels shared with me that it was on the list of books she was going to have him read this year. We are kindred spirits. :o) I wonder if reading that book made him post that question.

Some of his friends shared their answers. One friend wrote: "True love waits...for nothing. In other words, if you truly love them you'll get married asap." Another posted a group picture and put a heart around Steps and our Daughter of the King. Then, one simply wrote: 1 Corinthians 13. Who wrote that? My Knight did. He's a man of few words. So when he speaks... watch out... it's straight to the point.

More and more I see that people think of "love" as a feeling. Personally, love to me is a verb. It's an action. I've shared that before. You can read about it here. I also believe it's a choice. You choose to stay in love or you choose not to. You choose to focus on the negative and let it fester or you choose to focus on the positive and and watch your relationship bloom.

So what do I say love is?

"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
~1 Corinthians 13

What do you say love is?

1 comment:

The Atavist said...

"Personally, love to me is a verb. It's an action."

You said it all, Lady~g. We all have to pay more attention to acting out our love, to give of ourselves.