Heck, I love love. I even did a couple week long series on it Marriage Rocks and Valentines–Week of Love. I love talking about it, writing about it (I write paranormal romances even), and hearing real – life stories of people living it.
But what’s the definition of Love?
The dictionary says: an intense feeling of deep affection
If you type LOVE into the Bible online, or look in the concordance of the Bible, it’s got many references. My fav is: 13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV)
Or the one commonly heard at weddings: 4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV)
But what is it? An emotion? Or a choice?
I’ve heard both . . . What do you think?
The one event, and most spectacular in my opinion, that demonstrates love as a choice was Jesus dying on the cross for us. That revelation kinda rocked my world in high school.
Back then I had long lost the idea of true love really even exisiting (broken home, angry teenager, teen-age turmoil……but that’s another post.)
The dictionary defines emotion as: a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.
When I first met Charlie, sure, it started out as an emotion. You know, that sudden-loss-of-breath-when-he-walks-in-the-room-feeling . . . But that emotion soon morphed into a choice.
A choice to spend the rest of our lives together, even when circumstances and moods change . . . as we all know they can and will.
But yeah, the sudden-loss-of-breath-when-he-walks-in-the-room-feeling is still there too….So, my answer is BOTH!
So, what do you think love is?
Any great love stories to share?