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Unwrapping the Full Love Story

By: Admin on February 9, 2015

When I opened up my Facebook newsfeed this morning, I was bombarded with everything from romantic valentine posts, commentaries and opinions on Fifty Shades of Grey, and even a few egocentric musicians at the Grammies thanking all the committed fans who ‘love’ them. Our English language wraps so much into the single word ‘love’ and I wonder if some of us ever start to believe in this watered down version of that word. Do you ever think about that?

We say, “I love you” to our spouses.
We say, “I love my cat.”
We say, “I loved that movie.”
We say, “I loved that chicken lasagna you made last night.”
When we receive a nice gift (or an ugly sweater) we usually respond with, “I love it!”

I wish that our English language was as diverse as the Greek language. The Greek language actually has five different words to describe our singular word, ‘love’ (The Greeks uses the words Agapē, Eros, Philia, Storge, and Thelema… if anyone cares to know).

I’m reminded that the God of the Universe gives us so many profound, life changing and tangible definitions of what it means to love those around us. These are not fluffy, sentimental suggestions, but wisdom that – if taken seriously, can alter the course of struggling relationships and maybe most importantly, change our own hearts.

“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.” – I Corinthians 13.

These are all things that I can do to ‘love’ those around me. These are not dependent on what others do for me, but are reflective of my own attitude. These are not ‘feelings’, but are tangible steps that we can put into practice. One of the most transforming truths about true love, is that the more you give it away, the more you will receive. The more you become a giver of true love, the more satisfied you will be. The more you sacrificially and unconditionally give to those who need it most, the more ‘loved’ you will feel. Love has less to do with what you receive and more to do with what you give. Do you buy into that?

You might not think this sounds very romantic, but it is a way-of-life that will lead you to a kind of love that no English word can come close to describing.

Topics: hope, love

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