• Dathan Belanger

What is Love?

Updated: Oct 29, 2020

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“What is love” is one of the most searched phrases on Google. Many reflect on the true meaning of love.

Most people at large throughout their lives find love and relationship to some extent. Human love may be classified into classes consistent with their affection, emotion, and constraints.

The most common form of love is friendship love. In the love two people follow the rule of you for yourself, I for myself, however, we will have no expectations in the relationship.

Those who live together within a family often experience a family love built on strong cornerstones. You for yourself, I for myself, but we have no mutual expectations in the relationship. This form of love often involves the emotional wrestling of giving and taking.

The strongest form of love sits on the strongest foundation. It transcends all conventions of mutual expectations, being founded on the rule, I am for you, you’re for whoever you choose; I settle for your wishes with no expectations in the relationship.” This form has a close similarity to agape love defined as love originating from God or Christ for humankind. (Matt 3:17, Mark 10:21)

One of the benefits of love is that you feel really good about yourself. The benefits of receiving love and giving love are one of the keys to happiness. Love is contagious. People catch it from others. So, when someone is acting lovingly toward you, it’s natural for you to share the feeling with others.

Love is not a want it is a need. The need for love is part of what makes us human and separates us from God’s other creations

“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” (Mother Teresa quote)

“Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible — it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.” (Barbara de Angelis quote)

“All you need is Love.” (John Lennon quote)

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