Characteristics Of A True Love
True love looks beyond the surface, both physically and emotionally. Since true love takes time to develop, there are changes that take place over time. We may not weigh the same and we might have wrinkles or gray hair. True love sees past those “imperfections” and even appreciates them. True love is not satisfied with shallow, small talk. True love is curious and wants to know everything about you. Not just surface talk but deep down where the true feelings live.
2. True Love is Committed
Think back to your wedding vows when you made a commitment to love, honor, & cherish till death, in sickness, and in health, for richer and for poorer. If you are like me, you didn’t really understand the gravity of those words when spoken on your wedding day. I felt like I was committed but you don’t really know how committed you are until it is tested. True love experiences challenges but chooses commitment. It’s in it for the long haul. True love passes the test of time.
3. True Love is Accepting
Beyond appearances lies the real person. True love is accepting, even of those things that may irritate or annoy. There is no such thing as a perfect husband or perfect wife but as we accept one another we can create perfect moments together. When I feel accepted for who I am, I am freer to be me and to live more fully into that feeling. When I know that my spouse accepts my personality even though it is the opposite of his, I can relax and enjoy being different. We can accept one another’s flaws, knowing we each have them too. As we accept one another we can sit back and watch each other flourish in that acceptance.
4. True Love is Trustworthy
True love is honest and truthful. It’s not sneaky or deceptive. When you have true love you know you can trust your partner. You can trust them with your thoughts and feelings so you are able to share deeply with them, knowing they are a safe place and they will protect you. True love is dependable and reliable so you don’t have to worry about where they are or how they are spending their time when you are apart. With true love, there is a genuine trust between you that deepens your bond and carries you through.
5. True Love is Forgiving
As I mentioned earlier, there are no perfect people so forgiveness is an important part of true love. True love understands human flaws and frailties and is willing to forgive when necessary. Disappointment and misunderstandings are a normal part of life. Without forgiveness, bitterness can take root and if allowed to develop over time, can destroy a relationship. True love keeps short accounts and is always willing to forgive. I Corinthians 13:5b says, “…love keeps no record of wrongs.” That is a tall order but forgiveness makes this possible.
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