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What is love, really? I found out a little more recently. My husband spends extended amounts of time away for work so I have spent more time by myself. At first I wasn’t too excited, but soon realized I can control the TV remote and eat the food I like. I can sleep in because I don’t have to share the bathroom in the morning, and have more free time because I have fewer clothes to wash. I had almost gotten to the point of resenting when he is home because I could no longer do the things I wanted to!

It was then when I was reminded of the true meaning of love from a frequently quoted Scripture. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 says: “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.” Ouch!

Love is an action word even though most people treat it is a feeling or emotion. You can see love in how one person treats another person. This Scripture is not intended only for romantic relationships, but instructs us on how to treat people in general. Jesus provided us the perfect example of expressing love towards other people.

In our romantic relationships, we freely drop the words “I love you.” But we need to also take inventory of our actions and ask ourselves, do we actively love our boyfriend? In addition, does he actively love you? Realize that the Scripture does not refer to sex as a means of active love- that is reserved ONLY for the confines of marriage. If actions don’t match words, then beware.

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