The bible says that Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
But sometimes in the real world…love dudn’t seem to look like that, huh???
Unfortunately, there are record numbers of folks who don’t come from positive and loving homes, so the idea of replicating ‘love’ can be daunting.
Here’s what we think it looks like…
Honest: Honesty is an essential component for a healthy relationship. Part of real love is learning to trust one another.
Affectionate: Physical affection and sexuality are vital components of a loving relationship. Affection and sexuality are not only important in developing an intimate relationship, they are also essential aspects of keeping a relationship alive and exciting throughout the years.
Companionship: It is important to share activities and do things with your partner that light both you up.
Respect: Respecting your partner’s individuality is a key factor in having a truly loving relationship.
Openness: Issues are bound to arise in long-term relationships. Being open to dealing with issues is one of the most significant factors in creating and maintaining a successful partnership. It is important to be open, willing to look at yourself and make changes, in order to develop a meaningful relationship. Rather than acting defensive, overly hurt or angry when your partner gives you feedback, try to adopt an attitude of openness and curiosity about what they are trying to tell you.
What does love look like to you?