07 December 2015

Do You Love Me?

Love between people is a decision.

You choose to love or not.

Depending on one's religious or philosophical outlook on life, the decision to love another human being can be simple or complicated.

But one thing that is universal, which transcends the dividing walls of opinions and labels, is the desire to be loved.

We all desire to be loved.

It is easy to love people who love you, right?

Sometimes, we feel love for others without that sentiment being returned.

Love, quite too often, is misunderstood as something else.

Attraction between the opposite sex is sometimes seen as love, but something else is actually happening.

Attraction between the same sex can also be misconstrued as love, but this is a more delicate theme to clarify by defined words.

Emotions can sometimes confuse the heart's sobriety.

Emotions can be misinterpreted by the mind's sense as something else.

Yet, emotions help us explain the world around us.

The ability of the individual to correctly and honestly interpret their emotions to 'see' what is really happening with or around themselves is crucial.

The individual's inability to accurately interpret emotions may cause an individual both pain and difficult growing lessons.

Relationships also suffer the experience of lessons.

Can an individual accurately interpret their emotions when dealing with their thoughts or interactions with others?

Here is a very basic and quite striking point which has helped this man deal with his emotions and his attempt at loving others:

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

- John 15: 13

If you consider a spouse, a love interest, a neighbor or a coworker a friend, your desire to lay yourself aside, even laying your life down for them, is a litmus test to approaching what loves is.

Choose to love everyone.

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