This Saturday was Valentine’s Day and love was in many people’s minds. We will all agree that all we need is love and all the chaos, heartache, pain, injustices, and suffering in the world will disappear. “All we need is love” is an outcry that has been echoed for many decades. Unfortunately, we struggle to truly love. Maybe because we have failed to define what love truly is or have a misunderstanding of how to express it. You have surely been shocked at some of the atrocities that have been committed in the name of love. For example, somebody taking away the lives of their children because they do not want the children to be born and raised in an evil world, or they do not have enough resources to provide the needs of the children. What about the children? It is not uncommon to hear people say that, it is out of love and the well-being of their kids that they decide to break their marriage vows. Some say they love each other so much that, the best thing for their relationship is to break it and stay apart. What? You love each other so much that you have to divorce? Something does not add up here!
My desire of writing this post is to encourage you to strive to understand what true love is so that you can pursue it, and reap all the benefits that come with truly living in love.
Paul the Apostle gives the most succinct and complete definition of what love is for is. He says,
“If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 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. Love never fails”.
According to him True Love never fails. This is a deep and profound statement that needs close attention. Love is more than how you feel, it is more about what you do and how you respond. The emphasis is on what you do for another person and how you respond to them. You will be wronged, but you do not have to keep a record of wrongs.
Love rejoices with the truth. If you truly love, you have to speak the truth even when it makes you uncomfortable. Usually, we fail to speak the truth to those we claim to love, because we are afraid and uncertain about the outcome.
Love enough to speak the truth even when it hurts; in so doing you may save the lives of those you love.
Love enough to be patient and hope for the best in the lives of your love ones
Love enough to show kindness no matter what.
Love enough to let go of all the past hurts, and disappointments.
Love enough, for love never fails. What is your definition of Love?
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