Love is . . .

1 Corinthians 13 is the embodiment of love. It applies to every human relationship; romantic or otherwise. It forms the basis for the parent-child, sibling to sibling, friend to friend, relative to relative, workplace and stranger relationships. It governs every human interaction that we will ever encounter on earth.

Jesus said:

A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

John 13:34 & 35 KJV

Toxic people are fabulous at showering their victims with love (Love bombing). However, at some point the cracks begin to show. What seems like ‘he / she is merely voicing their concerns’ soon becomes ‘he / is trying to control every aspect of my life’. It’s subtle and seems harmless, but it slowly poisons you. The clip below explains it well.

Loving people may unintentionally hurt or harm someone they love. We are all human beings and we make mistakes. An emotionally healthy person will recognise if they have caused hurt and seek to rectify the situation. The emotionally unhealthy individual will deliberately cause the same hurts over and over again with no conscience or regard to the supposed object of their love. If you try to correct them, they will often state that you the victim are overly sensitive. They justify every hurtful remark.

God is love. You and I all deserve to be treated in a loving way. If your relationship makes you cry more than you smile or laugh, then perhaps you are not being loved at all.

And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

Colossians 3:14 The Message Bible

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