Love is unconditional. No matter what happens, I'll still love you. People have a hard time with this one these days. We're supposed to continue to love even when someone doesn't meet the expectations we've created. Once they've made a bone head move, and we want to hire a heavy weight champion to beat them! We still love them no matter their actions. Matthew 18:21-22, "Then Peter came up to Jesus saying, 'Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?' Jesus said to him, 'I do not say seven times, but seven times seventy times seven'." Why? Because you love them. Jesus died and forgave you because He LOVED you. People take commitment so lightly these days. Aren't you glad He didn't?
Love is sacrificial. As people are screaming at Jesus for committing NO crimes, as nails are puncturing His hands, as the pain intensifies and He sees the people He's dieing for, Jesus makes this cry, "Lord, forgive them, they know not what they do." I don't know about you, but I'd say, "Heck with you ungrateful people!" I would summon 100 angels to bring me home! Yes, that's true sacrifice. Nothing you can get from the just anyone..
Love is blind. Even when you look your worse, love remains. This is where lust can be confused with love. Once the physical attraction is gone, you continue loving them. You love them as a whole. It's greater than skin deep, because love is based on their heart also.
Love is this, and oh so much more! Not to be confused with anything else, love is love. Something even greater to define love is this: GOD IS LOVE.
You knew it was coming. Yes, God is love. Completely flawless, amazing, awe-inspired love. The love that will never leave you. That will return your love. That will go to the the greatest lengths you wouldn't even think of to make you smile. That will love you, despite anything you will ever or can ever do. Jesus displays amazing love, saying we're to die for. No, not just die, dieing under the most gruesome conditions, all for you. This is the love that knows you have a bald spot, a skin condition that might make others cringe, and flaws society shuns. He thinks you're perfect despite that, and loves you unfathomably when your physical features are at it's worst. He sees our heart.
Yes.. This is love.