Make no mistake about it, relationships are hard work, but I think that love is the most important part of us. Scripture tells us that, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13) God’s love is perfect and unending, but we are people and are imperfect by definition. Understand that at times there will be hurt feelings and disagreements. Sometimes we’ll even say the wrong thing. Trust me, I am the queen of saying exactly the wrong thing at exactly the wrong time, just ask my boyfriend. Even with all of it’s imperfections I believe that real love, the happily ever after kind, should line up with what the scriptures say of love more often than not. So what does scripture say about what love should look like?
Love is patient, love is kind. It does no 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.
— 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Again I want to stress that no one but God can be all of these things all of the time. To expect someone to deliver on everything mentioned above all of the time will set you up for a let down.
I’ve heard those who came before me and are much wiser in this area than I, say over and over that you just know when the right one comes along. I believe that if you let the Holy Spirit and the scriptures be your guide you’ll have no problem “just knowing” when true love does comes along.
Won’t you tell me your love story in the comments below? I do so love hearing other couples’ stories!
This post is a part of my October write 31 days series. You can view the rest of the posts from this series here.