What is Love?


Love can be an array of things... what is it to you?

People, both men and women, believe love is a sensation from within that stems from physical and emotional attraction and  that it can just magically and spontaneously appears. And some people also believe it can whither when the lust isn't there anymore. You fall in love quickly, and you can easily fall out of it.

So what is love ― real, honest, lasting love? Love is a fondness, a feeling, an action, an attachment that results from deeply appreciating another's inner being. If love comes from appreciating another, then we can all create love and all the wonders about it by opening our hearts and trusting. But that is when fear comes into play. Trusting another takes hard work and faith.

Love leads us toward steamy romantic desires. Without this romantic desire for another individual, a relationship is nothing more than plain old lust or infatuation. Arousal and interest come after the first initial eye contact. When it comes to true love, commitment is more than just monogamy. It is the knowledge that your partner cares for you and has your back, no matter what the good or bad circumstances are. People who are strongly committed to one another will, when faced with seemingly negative information and circumstancing involving about their partner, see only the positive light about them.
Intimacy is a huge component of all relationships. In order to know another, you need to share parts of yourself. This self-revealing behavior, when reciprocated, forms an emotional bond. Over time this bond strengthens and even evolves, so that two people merge closer and closer together.

So love takes on an array of angles, from attraction and bonding, to intimacy and trust. It is the most powerful feeling we can hold, the most intimate emotion we can give and receive… And love conquers all.

What do you feel the proper definition of love is? Have you ever been in love? I like to define LOVE simply and honestly by referring to Corinthians 13:4-8… Love is patient, love is kind…


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