What is 'Love'?

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    Love, for me at least, is the unconditional acceptance of another and the desire to see that their welfare is foremost in my mind. It is not selfless however, it is a state of soulfulness, care and a spiritual connection. I think about them during the time I am not with them and it brings a smile to my face or knowing that I would lay down my life to save theirs.
     
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    Someone I know once gave the most concise definition of love I have heard:

    Love is when the other person's needs, wants and desires are as important, or more important, to you than your own.

    So, without going into all the different types of love a person can experience, I think the above serves well for most of it, including discussions of God.

    K.
     
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    Love means looking out for number 1 second?

    I can't honestly say I'm capable...



    Why is it that falling on a grenade seems like it would an easier display of love than the hard work of actually spending years caring for someone who can't take care of themselves?

    Is 'love' not true when it's easy to do?
     
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    When loving someone we are looking for number 1 by virtue of expressing or acting on our love which is something we have for another.



    A grenade, making soup when they are sick, cooking for them or just making their day nicer I do not see the difference...it is both sacrifice and fulfilling what our heart's desire.
     
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    This is a very good question. Currently, love is a 4 letter word for me.

    But I would define it, in a broad sense, as the desire to be close to someone (or something). The stronger that feeling, the higher the desire.

    As an example, a married couple, when apart, can say they love each other. But if each of them feels a little more "empty" because the other is not near them, that would define love for me. They feel their presence with each other makes them more than the sum of their individuality.

    And it can be applied to other things as well. Take football. For some, it is a sport. For others, it is an important part of their lives, and they go to games, have sports packages so they never miss a game on TV, and so on. They simply cannot get enough of it, and wished the season lasted 12 months.They "love" football.

    All that said, there is no one definition for love. It is something that is defined differently for each of us.
     
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    ^^ I like that frustrating answer.

    Love is an elusive little sucker, eh?
     
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    After all the flesh of man has perished in this age, then man will know the love of God like us saints did during this first age. The love of God is not emotional love that man believes in. It's the hidden knowledge of God that frees man from this world and gives him eternal life in the next age.
     
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    Joe,

    Love is a decision.

    Chuck
     
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    Joe loves Irish. :)

    Love is:
    It is the difference between you and others and we.
     
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