Those are timeless words from Forrest Gump. “I’m not a smart man, but I know what love is…”
Love is pure. It is caring more about someone else’s happiness than your own. It is sacrifice. It is eternal. Love is not disposable. It doesn’t expire. It isn’t based on what you’ll get in return. It is not a tool to exploit. It isn’t a carrot to be dangled. It’s wiping someone else’s tear when you are shedding your own. It’s forgiving someone when they don’t deserve it. It’s forgiving someone when you don’t want too. Love doesn’t hold a grudge. It’s going the extra mile when you didn’t want to walk in the first place. It’s thoughtfulness for someone who may not give you a thought at all. It is compassionate. It’s caring for all people, all the time–even (and mostly) the unlovable ones. It’s hard. It takes constant work, nurturing, practice and thought. It does not take two.
There was only one man who ever got it all right all of the time and we are called to try to be like him.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1Corinthians 13:4-8
“God is love.” 1John 4:8