I first experienced “Love” or what I thought was Love at the tender age of 19 and since then for the past 14 years I have dated all sorts of people and been through it all including a broken engagement. My view about love until two years ago, was very distorted and superficial, plus remotely linked to the fact that we live in a broken world with broken people that have diverse backgrounds, experiences, temperaments, personalities, capabilities and character.
I am yet to be married, over the years I have gotten to learn more about love and it’s perfect definition which can be found in The Bible.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 New International Version (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Reading through those verses is an easy thing, but living them consistently day by day is another, especially when life keeps throwing punches at you from all angles- work, relatives, siblings, finances, health etc.
My knowledge and experience may still be quite small and probably what I share may help only those in the dating or courting phase.
All the same, I thank God that at the time of writing this, there is somebody who I would love to spend the rest of my life with 🙂 And at that point I will perhaps be in a position to share more and also learn even more about Love from others in the context of marriage.