“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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.” I Corinthians 13:4-8. The act of love is like none other. Without true love, we as a people would be completely lost. God showed us his unfailing agape love when he gave his only begotten son so that we may have the opportunity for eternal life.
Although God is the ultimate definition of love, we as people also have a responsibility to love each other. The lack of love for each other, in our world today, has been a culprit in the evil deeds that are so often seen on a daily basis. The increasing amounts of murders, theft, sexual assaults, neglected and abused children, neglected and abused adults, prejudice acts, hate crimes and etc… are all an indication that we as a people lack the true idea of love and we fail to put it into practice as we should.
It is important to note that love is a necessity. Some people may believe that love is an option but the truth is, in order to thrive in this life , we all must receive love at some point. Not just love, but true love. True love is not based on circumstances or conditions. True love does not stop because someone does unlovable things. True love attempts to see the best in individuals even in the hardest of times. True love learns how to forgive even if the forgetting seems impossible. True love gives the honest truth in a loving way in the toughest situations. True love teaches how to love the person without loving the negative action. True love reminds others that they have a reason to live and not die.
Love again is not an option but a necessity. True love means to support and sacrifice. True love means giving room for errors while also expecting great things. True love not only means saying “I love you” but also “I’m sorry”. True love means giving respect even in cases where respect may not be warranted. True love means showing genuine concern without expecting anything in return. True love means encouraging even when feeling discouraged. True love means considering the feelings of others even though you may disagree. True love means giving even out of our lack.
There is power in love. The power to heal, the power to save, the power to understand with compassion, is all found in love. The power to fight after a trauma, the power to survive in the toughest circumstances can all go back to love. The power to rebuild, the power to tear down walls, the power to conquer, can all be found in love. Let us learn how to truly love one another. Without love, we are not pleasing to God. Love goes beyond our family and friends. We must learn to love each other as people. Show someone some love on today, because love is truly a necessity!