Love Knows No Bounds

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LOVE – Ah! Just seeing or hearing this word can stir emotions inside all of us. It can trigger a memory – happy or sad, usually a memory of someone that we treasure. This word had been used in many songs, essays, novels, poems or any other literature that we can’t think of. It is used as a subject for an art, theatre play or movies. It is used as a topic for discussion and most of us want to feel it, to have it, dream of it, wish or long for it. It is a word that is used and abused in a way that we usually use this word to tell about what we feel about something, anything.

I’ve learned that in the ancient Greek language, there are at least four (4) types of love: (1) Agape love – usually denotes love of God for man, or love of man for God, or love for humanity. It is the most used term in the Christian Greek Scriptures; (2) Eros – romantic love or intimate love usually used between couples; (3) Philia – love between friends; and (4) Storge – love among family members or relatives, usually between a parent and a child. Among the four (4) types of love, Agape is the word used to identify the most noble act of love, it is said it is a love guided by principles, not just a mere emotion, although it can be mistaken as an intellectual type of love, but it also denotes intimate or warm affection but is not swayed by sentiments.

We are usually familiar with romantic love since it is the most or usual subject in any form of art or literature but I think Agape love – noble love is what we should aspire. We might say we love our partner, our child, our relatives and even our fellow human beings but true love for me is not just mere words, it is with action. Does Agape love merely exist amongst Christians? I will definitely say: No. I think and believe that we all have this type of love within us; it is the type of love that transcends time, boundary, religion, culture, nation or language. It is a love where you are willing to give a part of yourself, may it be time, material things or even your life for another human being without expecting anything in return like what a homeless man in Brazil  did to save a woman from a hostage taker.

What really then is love?  I think it is really hard to define, my favorite definition will always be what is written in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, where it says: “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous. It does not brag, does not get puffed up, does not behave indecently, does not look for its own interests, does not become provoked. It does not keep account of the injury. It does not rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth.  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. It is a kind of love that we should show to our fellowmen, to our neighbors, which was clearly identified in the parable of the Good Samaritan as told by Jesus.

We now know about what’s happening to our brothers and sisters in Syria which is truly heartbreaking, we may not be able to do anything for them as we have no means to help them, however, we can give our time to pray for them and we thank those who are doing something to help them, for they are showing love in their own way through giving donations and hope for Syria and opening of their homes for the refugees. It is heart melting to know that even animals like the dog from Thailand  who saves a baby from a dump site can show humanity. I think if we all let our heart be filled with this kind of love, there will be no war, no unnecessary death, no child will be aborted or abandoned and our world will be a much better place to live in.

How about you dear readers, how do you define love and how can you show love?

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70 thoughts on “Love Knows No Bounds

  1. First of all, I loved your writing!
    Second, as a Brazilian, I read that news and I may confess I got surprised to know his act has been translated into other languages and reached other cultures. Thanks for sharing this!
    As you brilliantly wrote, love is not easy to be defined, or even felt. To my view, love is something that is even hard to be understood. But it is easy to notice how precious it is.
    For me, love is when you give yourself, especially to whom may never be able to give you anything back. Giving freely. No expectations.
    Thanks a lot for this inspirational reading!
    Have an amazing afternoon!

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    • Heart warming words…Thank you very much! 🙂 Giving freely…no expectation really is what love is all about not only for someone else but for ourselves too since it makes us happier. An act of selflessness like what that homeless man from Brazil did goes beyond measure and beyond cultures. Have an amazing and blessed day! Hugs and love to you! 🙂

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  2. #1 I’ve been thinking a lot about love as a subject, so this really intrigues me. It caught my mind.
    #2 Have you read HONY’s posts about the refugees from Syria. They break and touch hearts at the same time.

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  3. Hello again,I understand what your are saying here.The things happening in Syria shouldn’t be ignored!…And we should try and help them out..!
    Might I suggest another blog,who are helping out the refugees,through this tough time.You might find the blogs content interesting.

    (http://www.pinetreerepublic.com)
    I wrote something similar some time ago,If you have the time,do check it out 🙂
    https://sabahbatul786.wordpress.com/2015/09/17/pkim-ikm-ikik-zertu8evolution/
    Happy blogging..And kudos for making this effort:)

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  4. “Love Knows No Bounds”
    The title itself is enough.
    The mention of the four types, clearly distinguishes; one is bound to know.
    Of the Agape love _ it is not so easy to fall in that love nor it is difficult too.
    I think it just happens- where is God? Who are you to him? In the other three, there is somebody to respond and there is a bond. The bond is mutual, if one breaks, it shall become a broken relationship, it may go to dogs.
    The love for God is in the Heart center, and he is in the center of the Heart. If understood, its the Greatest of the Great love. Here, if one breaks the bond, it becomes more stronger. I feel you understand; why? because you love God and he loves you too.
    My love to You as in Agape.
    Shiva

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  5. After my divorce, I became cynical about love. I thought we had perfect love-but it was selfish. I dove into the Bible to figure it out. Oh and my eyes were opened. The entire 1 John is all about love, but this scripture did it for me: “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8
    For my husband, as we reconciled, 1 Corinthians 13 showed him HOW to love! We reconciled, remarried and now are loving our full time travel life and spending lots of time with our grandsons.
    Thanks for such a great article. We also used the 4 definitions to unwrap our love! It’s now stronger than ever….we’re happy to share our story: http://thetumblelees.me/2011/07/23/ok-we-forgave-each-other-now-what/

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    • Yes, I love that verse too, I think I love all the verses in the bible about love 🙂 I truly believe that God is love and without that love we are not in this world, we are nothing, He sacrificed so much even if He didn’t have to just for us, immortals, who can never repay His love. Marriage is stronger if God is at the center of it in my opinion. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and I will surely read your story as I know I will learn a lot from them 🙂

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  6. this is one of my fave verses in the Bible about love:

    “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” – 1 John 4:18

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  7. A beautiful piece on love. You have it all written in words.
    To me, love is hate’s neighbour -who lives just across the line. One hates because he/she loves. So if anyone tells me that he/she hates me (although no one ever say that to me ☺️), I’ll reply, “Thank you for loving me.” 🙂

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  8. I agree with Arpita.
    I feel you did a great job on this prompt. It’s simply the best article I have read on this prompt and also the best article I have read on your blog so far. 🙂

    Very moving indeed.

    Anand 🙂

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