What is love? Can it be defined? Is it different for everyone? How many kinds are there?

How many of us really think about love, even though it is an emotion that most of us feel each and every day?

The free online dictionary definition of love is…A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness. Hmmm.

The bible speaks of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Good News Bible (1978)

Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.

How many of us have experienced that take on love? Few I think.

There are many different kinds of feelings of love. We love our spouses, but it’s a different kind of love than what we feel for our children, or our parents. We love our siblings, other family members, our friends, even our pets. We love our creator. If we think about it for a minute I bet we’d find each stirs a different feeling within us.

Love is often painful. It’s an intense emotion. Men have killed for it and died for it. It’s a confusing emotion, I think because everyone is different and therefore feels differently.

Even though it’s not mentioned out loud, its presence has certainly been felt around here lately.  My daughter’s high school sweetheart left for college this week. The whole family is feeling their pain. It will be a time of adjustment and growth for both of them. Young love, it differs from mature love.

Love is a complex emotion, both a blessing and a curse.