Definition Essay - Love

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Love is an incredibly powerful word. But what exactly is love? According to Webster, Love is “strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties” or “warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion.” But is something so overwhelming really as simple as these definitions make it appear to be? No, love is an extremely complex word that can’t be summed up into a few short sentences. Though love isn’t effortless, “true” love is gained by practicing numerous virtues that include trust, commitment, and compromise. Love, from my stance, is directly intertwined with trust. Without trust, love is unable to reach its full capacity. Like a rose, love can be a beautiful thing, but it also has the ability to pierce your flesh like a thorn and create a scar that will never heal completely. Without trust in a relationship, this is exactly what happens. Once a person is betrayed by one they love, that person cannot look at the one who betrayed them in the same way ever again. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13 that love “rejoiceth in the truth.” To rejoice is to celebrate or be delighted. Love is supposed to be a happy thing, and this verse says that trust brings happiness to love. Trust affects every area of a relationship. Being able to confide in someone creates a strong connection by opening up the lines of communication. If you really trust someone, you feel like you can tell them anything and everything and not even think twice about it. A sense of trust also gives a sensation of peace. Love is being able to trust someone and have peace of mind rather than worrying constantly about lies, backstabbing, or deception.

There are times when you may really dislike someone whom you love, but “true love” is having assurance at all times that you won‘t be abandoned. Making a commitment is making a promise, or giving your word to someone. In a relationship, a commitment would be a promise to be devoted to those that you love. When the going...
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