What does real love mean to you?
That is, self-love, friendship love, life partner love....
Really loving someone means their happiness should be your happiness, and vice versa. What really matters is how you make one another feel. Safe, secure, and most of All loved, wanted, and needed.
Whatever I say will sound corny and cliched. All I know is that now that I have found it I'm never letting it go.
Complete and I do mean complete unselfishness towards the partner and simultaneously this same unselfishness is "returned" from the other partner; thus, a flowing of this love occurs; almost, yet not completely perpetual in nature. Contemplate this and you will begin to "see" it...
To answer this best, 2 Bible verses sum up what real love means to me:
1 cor 13:4-8 "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
1 John 4:8 "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love."
1 John 4:8 (NIV)
 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
I thought this translation may be less confusing. Also, John 15:13-14 (NIV)
 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 
Thank you for the other translations, I just tend not to use NIV but prefer KJV. I forgot about that other verse in John 15:13-14, thank you for adding it. Sacrifice is the purest form of love. Putting others above yourself.
"Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction." ~~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Real love isn't that feeling you get when you think you've met the right person. It isn't that passive, so it can't just be about the reciprocated passion two people may have for each other. To have real love there needs to be a passionate understanding between two people. Real love is about having the same values, the same ideals, and looking out at the world through the same color glasses.
Very nicely said. Facebook photo shows two orangutans sitting close together & both holding a flower. One has its hand on the others shoulder. I will put the quote in a 2nd comment due to space. Also comes to mind from the Avatar movie, 'I see yo
Real love is free from all sins. Real love is as pure as God's prayer.
kindness... identification leading to compassion... I woulda stopped at kindness but hub wouldn't allow a one word answer.
Kindness is key. Borrowing your comment space to continue the comment above and leave a quote that went with a Facebook photo, 'Not the ones speaking the same language, but the ones sharing the same feeling understand each other.' ~ Rumi
What love means to me is accepting someone for all their flaws, forgiving them, appreciating them, protecting them, and self-sacrificing for them. I'm sure there's way more but I just can't think of it right now. Love is such an intense emotion, whether it's towards a sibling or a lover, that it's nearly impossible for me to describe it.
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
Nice! That is my favorite Sonnet from Shakespeare, I almost put that as my answer.
It's my favorite as well. I read it at my mother's wedding ceremony a few years ago.
Unabridged, this is quite touching. Thank you.
He or she will come forward in danger and this danger may be mentally depression also. That all to me
by annmarie_west 9 years ago
Love feeds on the joy that comes from within. Feelings strengthened by thinking thoughts of kindness, peace, hope and success toward the one that is loved. It needs no invitation, no encouragement, no telling, no touching, no appreciation, no gifts, no looks, no words - written or spoken.It is not...
by BenWritings 8 years ago
How old were you when you first fell in love? Not puppy love, but real love
by PierrePierre 9 years ago
What is real love? please give me solid answer?
by Vandana 2 years ago
Suddenly this question strike in my mind today ... " Which is more important LOVE OR MONEY" to live a happy life ?? If any one have to select her partner which criteria one should follow for choosing her life partner..
by Gary R. Smith 7 years ago
What key points are essential for you, to make an ideal relationship?That is, relationship of any kind whether friend, co-worker or life partner. What are the qualities that contribute to having good relationships, in your eyes?
by baileywillett 9 years ago
real love is having that one special someone to call your own. the person you can look at everyday and just smile, kiss them. Love is a really hard thing to explain because its a different feeling for different people.
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