Realization of Truth (Part 7 Essence of Love)
Realization of Truth
Part 7 - The Essence of Love
What is Love? Many things have been written about love in story and song; remember the Beatles' song, "All You Need is Love." Love is something we need and yet it is often misunderstood. Maybe that's because of an aura of mystery that seems to surround it. Love is the most essential of all the emotions, and yet it seems to be the most elusive. Everyone needs love and each of us needs to love others. Love can transform lives; It has the ability to make our lives so much better.
Love comes in many forms, but with a common element, and that is sincere caring. When you care enough for the people you love, you want happiness for them. You have more consideration for their desires than your own. What could cause you to feel that way about someone?
The basis of love for someone could be admiration and respect. This creates a feeling of loyalty to that person. And besides people, another form of love is that which people have for their pets. Pets provide companionship, and can be very loyal to their owners.
Love has a selfless nature. When you love someone, you have no selfish motives toward that person. Many people sometimes have a mistaken idea about their feelings for others. They may believe it is love, but it is actually infatuation or sexual lust. True love for someone is a strong desire for that someone to be happy, and not to be hurt by anything.
An important effect of love is that between a man and woman. If they truly love each other, they have the basis to join together in marriage. One aspect of marital love is trust. As trust between a married couple increases, a bond develops between them that would be very difficult to break. This is also true regarding the love in other relationships. With the effect of love among family, friends, and others, the world would be a much better place to live in.
God, the Creator of life, is also the Spirit of love. Because He created us in His image, we are meant to express love to others just as He loves us. When people express love, it creates positive things such as strength and unity. When they withhold love, it creates weakness and selfishness.
The increasing trend in the world seems to be that of selfishness. Many selfish people think of certain others as a means to or as obstacles to getting what they want. With this attitude prevailing in the world, hate crimes are increasing.
The truth is that real love seems virtually lost; and without it people's lives are cold and empty. Many people associate love with emotional hurt, therefore, they try to avoid it. You should not be afraid to express love or receive it. Like many opportunities, love can be rewarding or disappointing, but you will never know the outcome if you are afraid to take the risk. Fear is an enemy, and you should not allow it to control you.
People cannot be truly happy without love. You should love God, your family, your friends, and others. Yes, even those who do wrong to you. Love and forgiveness is better than hate. God loves us; He wants us to do what is right. Sometimes that is hard to do, but in the long run, it works out better.
Jesus loves us; He died for our sins. You can read about the life and death of Jesus in the Bible. The Bible can be your guide through life, and within its pages you can find more about faith, hope, and the essence of love.
In summary, many things have been written about love, and yet it is often misunderstood. Love is the most essential emotion, and yet it is the most elusive. We need love and we need to love others; it could make our lives better.
Though it comes in many forms, love has one common element, a sincere caring and a desire for happiness for those we love. Love for others is normally developed with admiration and respect. Besides people, another form of love is that which people have for their pets. Pets provide companionship and can be very loyal.
Love has no selfish motives. Many times we mistake love for infatuation or sexual lust. True love for people, however, is a desire for them to be happy, and not be hurt. Sometimes, this can lead to marriage. An important part of marital love is trust. Over time, this can create a bond that would be hard to break; this is also true in other relationships. The effect of love can make the world a better place.
God is the Spirit of love. He created us in His image, and we are meant to express love; this would create strength and unity. Withholding love creates weakness and selfishness, but that seems to be the increasing trend. Many selfish people think of certain others as a means to or an obstacle to getting what they want, resulting in hate crimes.
Love seems virtually lost, and without it, our lives are cold and empty. Many try to avoid love, believing they could get hurt emotionally, but we should not be afraid. Like many opportunities, love can be rewarding or disappointing, but you won't know unless you take the risk. You should not let fear control you.
We cannot be truly happy without love. We should love God, our family and friends, and others, even those who do wrong to us. We should forgive them. God wants us to do the right thing; it's better in the long run.
Jesus loves us; He died for our sins. You can read about Him in the Word of God, the Bible, which can be your guide through life. Within its pages, you can find more about faith, hope, and the essence of love.
From the Bible:
Let us love each other, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and knows Him. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because He is love.
He showed His love for us by sending His only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. This is love, not that we loved God, but that He loves us and sent His Son to be the sacrifice for our sins.
Because God loves us so much, we should also love each other. No one has ever seen God, but if we love each other, He lives in us and His love is completed in us.
(1 John, Chapter 4, Verses 7-12)
Next in this series: Realization of Truth (Part 8 A Spiritual Journey)
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