Melissa Corbin

What is love? To me, love is a deep, pure affection towards someone and expecting nothing in return, no strings attached, with no expectations, just selfless pure love. Love motivates me to always try to see the good in a person, to see the gold that I believe is in every human.

Love is always patient and kind; it encourages, protects, comforts those in sorrow, gives, listens and its mercy never runs out, always willing to forgive. Love never gets tired of doing good, and love does not do good in order to get something back in return. There is no love found in jealousy, and love actually takes delight and rejoices when someone beams with hope, joy and victory.

Love is never found in self-seeking. It never criticizes, isn’t easily angered, doesn’t condemn, never holds offence, nor does love play with bitterness. Love holds no records of wrong nor does it remind people of their mistakes. Love comes with no judgement, just loves people where they are, wanting the best for them, seeing their great worth and priceless value. 

I have learnt that Loving so deeply with no walls brings so much joy and pleasure, whether they love me back or not the joy still remains because it’s a privilege to love deeply like Jesus did. When my love for you is dependent on your love for me, I am unable to love fully.

Jesus loved with a pure relentless love that was never affected by how He was loved or treated, His love wasn’t even moved by what circumstances looked like, the cross said it all.

He didn’t throw the cross down in frustration stating He had enough of people’s dramas, He didn’t complain because He wasn’t believed by all, He didn’t dive into self pity by being lied about and betrayed, but in fact His identity wasn’t moved as He remained in true love, with His eyes fixed on completing the mission of the cross. This love goes beyond my human understanding.

True happiness actually comes from loving deeply, when we could love like this, like how Jesus loves, hatred and offense doesn’t stand a chance.

I now look at love differently, it’s not “do you love me back?” It’s actually a PRIVILEGE TO LOVE YOU, to serve you, to honor you and accept you for who you are and seeing the great value in you. Jesus loving every single person on this earth brings Him so much joy as it should do the same with us towards others.

I have come to this conclusion, it’s not the more I am loved the happier I am, because its not all about me and my self-centered needs… but the more I die to myself and pick up the cross and love like Jesus loves, the more Joyful I become.

Two greatest commandments in Matthew 22:36-39

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

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