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  • Writer's pictureSherry Kirkland

Love is...

Love is more than a word. Love is an emotion that can be felt. This love can be between people- family , friends and loved ones. You can feel love for a place- your home, your job or maybe your favorite vacation spot. You can also feel love for things that you possess- your pets, your car, your home, all sorts of material things.

You are allowed to love whatever you want. It's all up to you and what you hold dear to your heart. In today's society, the word love is frequently said without meaning or being felt. It is often said just to make a statement or to make something sound good.

I believe that love is a very important part of life. I believe that it is an essential part of being a human. I believe that love is part of our goal and purpose while we are here on earth. It may actually be the entire mission of our life. To find love, to give love, to show love, to share love and also to receive love. Love is the truest experience of being a person and makes life worth living. Even if you only experience it once...

But more than anything else don't forget to learn how to love yourself. This maybe harder for some that it does for others. And it doesn't always come naturally. It took me a long time to love myself. Too often we believe everything the world and the enemy says about us. But when you learn who you really are and what God says about you, it makes loving yourself a lot easier.

So show love to others but even more importantly show love to yourself.

Below you will find what Apostle Paul says the characteristics of love are:

***1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

The Bible makes many references about love, here are just a couple:

1 John 4:88He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

John 3:1616For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 15:12 (King James Version) 12. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

1 John 4:11 (King James Version) 11. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

Love an is an important part of life, be purposeful in creating bonds of love.

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