Love.

by Lauren Corbett


This post went completely left field from what I initially planned on writing, but I'll just go with the flow. 

Love. Love is such a strong word and people use it all the time yet when asked their definition of love, they either don't know or associate it with hearts, Valentine's Day, the colors red and pink, and etc. You hear pubescent middle schoolers say it loosely to their new boyfriend/girlfriend in the hallways, a married couple say it to each other when parting ways to go to work, individuals say it to each other to end a phone conversation, and so many other situations. There are different types of love too. Love between a wife and husband, boyfriend and girlfriend, parents and children, friends, God and his children, and others. But again, what is love? How can we define love? 

When I was younger, when asked my definition of love, I would say that it was an intense feeling that people had for one another. In my grandmother's house in the kitchen, there was a picture of hearts and within each heart was a sentence from a bible verse about the meaning of love. That bible verse was 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

At the time, I didn't fully understand it because I was so young, but I finally grasped the meaning as I got older and formed a relationship with a very caring man (pictured in this post). This may not be everyone's definition of love, but this is mine.

What is your definition of love?