What is love? By Serena Su

1 Corinthians 13 reads "And now these three remain: Faith, Hope and Love. But the greatest of these is love" However what is love? St.Paul believes love is patient and kind, Love is not being envious, boastful, arrogant, or rude.

Love is Patient, I think patience means staying and waiting for someone if you truly love them you will wait for them no matter how long it takes, I also think that love is not needing but wanting, needing is a feeling based off of fear. We fear that we can't live without them so we need them when fear is the opposite of love. So really we should just want them and give them the freedom to leave instead of needing them to stay. The promise of a married couple is to be there for each other however to be a true friend and to build a strong friendship this promise should be made as well.

Love is not envious or boastful or arrogant. I think this means that if you truly love someone you have to put their needs before or equal to yours. You have to care about their happiness and go the extra tenth to make them feel valued. Love doesn't think their loved ones are wrong if the love is real it will work and take responsibility.There is no point in envying success if your success is linked with theirs.
Co-operation over Competition. When married or ordained people co-operate their joy spreads to those around them, however when we compete the damage is easy to see. Co-operating can also mean letting someone go just because you love someone doesn't mean you have to be with them. You may love someone but you may not be compatible with them. You can still love someone without being with them. I also think that competition can mean being jealous when we are jealous we start to compete to get what we want, if that person really loves you then you shouldn't have to compete or worry because if the love is real they will come back to you and only you.
Spouse or Community. True love tries to help the Spouse or Community to become the best they can be. Marriage and Holy orders are commitments to offer the best of oneself and to search for and bring out the best in a spouse or community, no matter how long it takes.
Paul says, love bears all things, believes all things, endures all things, and never ends.When you love someone you have to say goodbye to expectations if you truly love someone you have to love them for who they are which also means accepting differences. Doing this will make your love stronger.

My Experience With True Love

I think the time I've experienced true love was in grade 7 when I was struggling with my friend group. I was in a friend group that constantly made me feel left out however I didn't want to say anything about it, every night I would go home and wonder if I even had friends, and realised it wasn't fair that I was doing this to myself, it wasn't fair that I was letting myself feel bad every night over people who are supposed to be there for me so I decided to speak up. I told my friends how I felt and the responses weren't that nice. I then felt even more depressed knowing now that my friends weren't there for me when I needed them the most. I told another close friend of mine what was going on and she was more than happy to introduce me to her friends. From my experience I've learned that true friends will stick by you and have your back no matter what your going through and if your having a hard time they will always go the extra length to make sure you get through it. True friends also accept you for who you are. Love has empathy, empathy is the ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes to help solve a problem or understand what that person is going through.

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