Love: An intense feeling of deep affection.
How can you define true love? Is it even possible? I think that it really depends on who you're talking to, because everyone gives love differently and everyone pictures receiving love differently. I don't think there is technically a right or wrong definition of true love. I think that we just have to learn the way another person sees love so that we can show our love for them.
Jesus Christ knew what true and unconditional love was - He came and died for us so that we could live forever in eternity. He gave up all He had for each of us. Did He want to? He wanted to be obedient to His Father, but He also requested for God to let his death pass from Him. I don't think that He desired to die, but He desired to be obedient to His Father and He chose to show His love for His Father and His unconditional love for us through His death on the cross.
Now, am I comparing the love of God to human love? Not by any means - but there are some similarities between the two.
To me - true, unconditional love is when you lay aside your dreams, goals, and wishes so that you can become a part of another person's dreams and goals. It's not always easy to accomplish this kind of love and if the other person never chooses to acknowledge your dreams and wishes as well it can be a very long and difficult road.
Another aspect of true love is trust, which is something that I feel we are always going to have to work at and strive to achieve. Trust is defined as Firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. That is far from easy in the world that we live in. Even if you begin to feel like you have accomplished trusting the person you love - it is easy to start losing that trust when you think about those who are around them daily, tempting them to break your trust. Still, a true aspect of love is trust, and in order to fully give love it is something we must constantly strive to perfect in ourselves.
Love is a feeling, but it is also very much an action. It is something that so many people want, but so few are willing to work for. Too often people feel like it's just easier to give up instead of working towards something great. But if two people are willing to truly work together to create an unconditional love, it will last a lifetime.
“It's true that we don't know what we've got until we lose it, but it's also true that we don't know what we've been missing until it arrives.”