What is love

What do you think LOVE is? This question is not very easy to answer – especially when we move away from the religious and the philosophical and answer plainly. Inside us, we readily believe we know and can explain what love is but soon realize the complexity of the question when we try an answer. It is necessary to, individually; ask ourselves this simple question, preparing ourselves for an answer should our children ask us “What is love?”

In addition to what you can conjure up, this little guide will help you. Real love demands sacrifice that can’t be found in self-centeredness. Love is a treasure. We can never pay for it or buy it. We cannot even keep it, unless we give it out. Sacrificial love requires that we give what we value most: our hearts, minds, souls, and strength. Real love does not always follow our natural inclinations; it is not an impulse from feelings.

Love can only be understood from the actions it prompts. Love is action, not just what you say. When we bear with the failings and weaknesses of others, divine love reveals itself (Ephesians 4:2). At all costs, this love compels us to give so that we alleviate the suffering of others. Instead of seeking to fulfill our emotional and physical needs (receiving), we humbly give of ourselves (1 Peter 3:8–9).

Martin Luther on Love

To love means to care and give. However, you can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.