A question about love

Posted by Al Hathaway Saturday, October 6, 2012

I was asked my thinking on the difference between love and like. Basically a philosophical issue, but at the core one must have a working definition of love before you can distinguish if there are any differences.

To that person I would say true love is defined by God, who is the essence of love. Therefore love is defined by one's ability to go through something for someone while staying with that someone to make them better. It is the giving of oneself for another. Not quid pro quo- something for something. It's self-effacing, the giving over of one's
sense of self for another.

Ultimately it is giving one's
life for another. Personally it is the willingness to go the extra mile for someone.

Paul describes it this way, "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 truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."

Like is the antecedent to love.

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