Love is a commitment to the well being of another person out of free will and not duty. It is looking after their best interests or at least not willfully causing or contributing to their damage. Love cannot be had when there is manipulation or untruthfulness. Love can involve sacrifice. Love cannot involve manipulating someone into sacrifice. Love is about forgiving. Love must forgive. Love cannot be taken away with disappointment or not getting what one wants. That most definitely is not love. Love is strong. Love, when pushed to the limits does not make sense. At the edges it is unexplainable. It is illogical. Like the love Christ has for us. Love cannot have a reason. True love, by its nature, makes no sense at all.
It is unshakable. It gets stronger with time. It finds new delights every day. It rejoices in all healthy aspects of its object. It finds joy in the person’s being, in his/her expression of their humanity. It sees the good parts and loves the diseased parts. It allows and encourages them to be fully who they are. It wants what they want. It wants their good. It wants the full expression of themselves.
In a relationship, love also shares what it needs. It trusts and shares itself. It opens itself to each other. It retains itself but joins the other. They share without competition together. It lets the other take the last slice of the pie. Love allows one to leave if that is what they need. And it allows them to return.
Love, in the face of dishonesty, selfishness, even evil, still stands. Love is the last thing standing. Love is always good. Love is good.
Love comes from health. The more healthy, the stronger and more complete the love. Love can be trusted. It can be relied upon. It can be an object of faith. Love can be hoped for. Love is the greatest. It is chief of all our abilities. Love is only achievable among humans and God.
Love heals. Love gives us strength. It pushes us to find what we need to continue to love. It finds new resources and power. In an imperfect world, love will always ask for sacrifice. And it will be done with an open heart, heavy and laden with love. Waiting to do it again.