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Somewhere along the line, I think it was in a youth group way back when, I heard someone say that love isn't a feeling. At the time, I really couldn't get my head around that. Of course it was a feeling! I felt love for my family, my pets, and something like love for that cute guy in my government class. Come on!
It took me a long time to understand what that speaker was saying back then. Love is a verb. It's something we do. Some of the ways world defines love are as physical attraction, or family ties, or friendship, or a passion for someone or something. And those things can be a part of loving relationships. But I think real love transcends those things. Because sometime personal relationships aren't easy. Real people are hard to love.
In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul the Apostle identifies love's characteristics. It's known as the "Love Chapter" in Christian circles, and many people have it read at their weddings. I was going to take the time to comment on the verses, but I've got a sick baby girl tonight who needs her mama to cuddle with her instead. So, just read it for yourself and consider what love is and is not...
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails.
Love is beautiful!