Love

IMG_0793Devotion and care for someone or something; a focus of our attentions and affections; someone or something for which we are willing to give and sacrifice of ourselves

Love is a choice you make from moment to moment. Barbara De Angelis

There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved. George Sand

The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. Allan Chalmers  

  “Love Makes the World go Roundwas a popular song back in the sixties. It does take love to make the world function properly. Even more basic, it requires love for each of us to function as we should. The absence of love is anyone’s life is a critical flaw and seriously handicaps their ability to live and function in a well-balanced and healthy manner. A lack of love or any difficulty with love warrants serious attention.

The family unit is where we should always expect to find love. It should be our safe haven. As social creatures we interact with others seeking acceptance and recognition. There is also a deep need to feel loved. It is the cornerstone of having a healthy self-image. Without this we feel unworthy. Those who feel loved and can love will come closer to being well-balanced and normal as compared to someone who feels unlovable and has difficulty with loving. Those who feel unlovable are likely to have self-image and self-worth issues and depending upon the severity can have some serious psychological issues. Being able to love others is dependent upon our ability to love ourselves. We cannot love others if we have not learned first to love ourselves.

Pure love is unconditional with no strings attached. Our parents were supposed to love us unconditionally. We are supposed to love our children this way. A marriage without it is probably on shaky ground. Unconditional love is unselfish and giving, expecting nothing in return.  It is the type of love that can be described as meeting more than halfway or giving more than fifty percent. If unconditional love is not at the center there is a strong probability that a family has some dysfunctional issues. If we cannot love someone unconditionally then our ability to love is questionable and we may be dysfunctional. We may have some “bugs” in our love mechanism.

  “What the Word Needs Now Is Love” is another popular love song from the sixties. Our world does need more love. Each of us could use a little more love in our life. We could benefit greatly by getting our hearts and minds in proper balance and by putting more time and effort into loving those around us. One of the great fringe benefits of expressing love to others is we often find ourselves being loved in return. How nice is that?

Challenge: Are you a loving person? Do you express love to others as you should? Do you feel lovable? How you answer these questions is an indication of the type of healthy self-image you may or may not have. Feeling loved and expressing love is good for your mental health. It is worthy of your best efforts to give love a high priority in your life. You will benefit by giving it and you will benefit by the love you receive in return.

Wisdom: Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. Dalai Lama

Spiritual: (NIV)

…..Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37

….Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these. Mark 12:31

Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs. Proverbs 10:12

God is the father and creator of love. He is love. Pure love cannot exist without God. He will teach and enable us to love. There is power in love. We are incomplete and will always be so if we do not learn how to truly love. He is our Heavenly Father. There is no love greater than his love for us. If we will allow it, his love empowers and enables us to become the loving creatures He designed us to be. His love helps us to love ourselves and others.

Prayer: Help me to overcome my difficulties with love and empower me to have a more loving attitude.

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