What Is Real Love?

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What is Real Love?

Love is more than emotions, and it is much more than a good feeling. And most people today confuse infatuation with real love. Others think that “love at first sight” is the real thing. Still others do not know the difference between lust and love, or between sexual attraction and love.

What is an Infatuation?
An infatuation is the state of being completely carried away by an attraction to someone. The dictionary calls it “being blindly in love.” In other words, you are so carried away by this attraction that you don’t know what you are. And infatuation is not a real love.

What is Lust?
Lust is an intense desire to satisfy one’s sexual appetite. Lust often goes under the name of “love,” but lust and love are two entirely different things.

LUST IS SELFISH – the emphasis is on getting something. Lust demands immediate satisfaction. Lust says, “I want it for my own pleasure, I want it regardless of the consequences, and I want it now.”

LOVE IS UNSELFISH – the emphasis is on giving. Love wants what is best for the other person. Love is willing to wait. Real love will wait for the right time and the right circumstances.

REAL LOVE has its roots in friendship. It will sacrifice for the one it loves. And it carries with it the vital quality of commitment. It is not just a wonderful feeling that strikes you suddenly. It takes time to grow and develop. How wonderful it is to experience this kind of love! But for us to experience this kind of love in relationships we need to first experience God’s love for us. You can't consistently demonstrate this kind of love toward someone if you've never experienced being loved in this way. God, who knows you, who knows everything about you, loves you perfectly. God tells us through the ancient prophet, Jeremiah, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; and I have drawn you unto Myself" (Jeremiah 31:3). So God's love for you is never going to change. God loved us so much that He allowed His...
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