How many books, poems, songs and movies have been created, to deal with the subject of love! We all long for it, whether it’s love from parents, friends, a spouse, children, God… Some people seem to find it. And some, not because they have less worth as human beings, find a lot of heartache instead: parents who desert or abuse, friends who let you down, a spouse who betrays you and turns to another, children who abandon you in your old age… even a God who seems to only condemn and never be satisfied with who and how you are…
True love does exist. For the young and the old, the male and the female, for people of any color, any degree of health or disability, any IQ level and any social status:
“God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.“ (John 3:16, English Standard Version – my emphasis) In spite of the fact that we all fall short of His perfection and so deserve condemnation. He poured all that just condemnation on His Son instead and is willing to receive anyone who humbly comes to Him, admitting his/her need.
If you embrace that love and your life changes from inside out, then you can pass it on to those around you.
Oh, you’ll still be imperfect. But your life will show to a good extent what true love is like. See the words on the painting above, which form what I believe to be the most beautiful love poem of all time…
“Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds”, said a great writer. Where true love is, it lasts, it perseveres, it doesn’t give up. You don’t stop truly loving your spouse just because s/he’s become old or poor or sick, even when your marriage goes through temporary periods of coldness or boredom; you don’t stop truly loving your kids even when they drive you nuts, or your friends when they disappoint – which is bound to happen every now and then… (Let me add one disclaimer: I don’t mean that you should remain in a toxic relationship at all costs, when you are abused, out of a wrong understanding of love. Love calls for drastic measures at times and, when dealing with abuse, your duty is to protect yourself and those you love, who would be put in danger otherwise.)
True love keeps on, and it is something worth pursuing. It can bloom again and again with indescribable beauty.
May your life be enriched by it!