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"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
1 Corinthians 13
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
originally posted by: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
Who cares if it's an illusion? If people practiced it it would manifest in the real world. Maybe you're thinking of excuses not to love others? No excuse is good enough.
originally posted by: Sahabi
The intimate love of 'eros' is different than the altruistic love of 'agape'.
The heart's neurons're capable of expressing this love. It's a very real phenomenon that only those who wish to receive it may have.
originally posted by: Blue Shift
Love is an illusion our brains think up with the help of chemicals so that we'll be motivated to cooperate to breed and raise children. It's such a powerful psychochemical addiction that it even spills over to people who can't or don't want to procreate.
"He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes." - 1 John 2:9-11
"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." - 1 John 4:7-8