A view on the age old philosophy of love.
“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, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. Love never fails” These were the words of St. Paul spoken in Corinthians 13: 4 – 8. This shows that the idea of love has flown through human history since nearly the beginning of abstract thought. Although these affluent words of affection were spoken nearly 2,000 years ago, these words still hold true today. Love never fails.
Love can be found anywhere and in anything. It can be something as simple as a kind smile from a passer by at a bus station. Love can be the laughter of a child at play. Love is the joining of two people as one in the holy sacrament of matrimony. Love can never fail to brighten a gloomy day.
Although these ideas seem more idealistic, the definition of love itself proves to be more concrete. Dictionary.com defines it as, “a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.” It goes on to call it, “a strong predilection, enthusiasm, liking for anything or a sexual passion or desire.”
There is far more to the humanistic idea of love though then lustful sexual tendencies and passions. Love itself is a human expression that only true heartfelt emotion can define. Love is the human spirit inside us all that drives us. It gives us more than sensual pleasures and personal gratification; it is what feeds our strength, courage, and hope that drives us.
Love is everywhere around us. If you take just a simple glance at an advertisement, flip through a few channels, or turn on your car radio. Frank Sinatra once said in his lyrics, “L is for the way you look at me/O is for the only one I see/V is very, very extraordinary/E is even more than anyone that you adore.” To me, this song represents how love has so many meanings to it. To every single person, love will mean something different.
The results of love between two people often times vary as well. Love can be seen in something obvious like marriage, but love starts small for everyone before it gets to that stage. True romanticism usually forms out of casual dating and slight infatuation and grows into something more. More often times, love is simply friendship. We express love everyday when we care for others and share in the Lord’s hope, kindess, and good word.
God’s love though, is unlike any individual love because God’s love is unconditional. No matter who you are, where you are from, or what you do, if you have faith in God his love will never leave you. God’s love never fails.
But just because we as individuals are not capable of giving the love god gives, does not mean our love (whether it be in only care and friendship or more of a love of commitment) is doomed to fail at some point. It just means we must try harder. It means we must keep our obligations to what we love so that a balance of love in our life does not come tumbling down suddenly. We must fight against the blows of evil outside sources to work to keep love alive and find it in the most diminutive aspects of our lives.
In the movie When Harry Met Sally, Billy Crystal describes this indefinable humanistic type of love best when he said, “I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” Amen.
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