According to the bible, 2 Cor. 13:4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
and the best of it all....
2Cor. 13:8Love never fails.
Love isn't what we feel but what we do (a translation by Rich Deem as a summary of what love really is)
I love my mum, my dad, my sibs, friends, church etc but when engage myself in a relationship for quite an extensive period of time, as my feelings get stronger and he begins to grow on me and me on him, am I in love or do I just love him. Am I basically getting use to hanging out so I therefore feel so connected...thinking I've found "the one"?
Love is a crazy thing when u decide to get rational and think about it...separating your mind from your heart, ignoring the fact that love is/can be blind...
when u both say to yourselves "I love you" do u mean I'm in love with you or is it really what u said "I love you"? hmm...u probably don't even know....(don't worry I think I understand where u're coming from...LOL, but really I think I do :))
Appreciating someone, being that shoulder when the other needs to lean, assisting when and if you can is love but it's not being in love (except its an addition to other confirmed much much larger actions). I wouldn't say I've been there before, I can't say I have loved and lost, but I would say this...when u no longer feel like u can live apart [in ur "rational" (even though sometimes being in love or loving someone can actually be irrational) state of mind] from that person, when u feel like u wud give any and everything up for that person (not that u're obsessed or anything), if the person were to be in a critical life stage (poor, sick, desperate etc, etc) and u feel that u'd want to be there regardless (basically through the storm until it is over) then I think that could be, being "in love" but then again, that's just what I think. (would be sure to update when I do "fall in love" :D
In short, I think u'd just know (PRAYER is the "approved" stamp on what u feel)
Whether it is falling in love or just loving someone, if u leave out a million elements when clarifying what you really feel, make sure prayer doesn't get dropped off along the way.
gotta get a good nights rest for church tomorrow (or should I say today), have fun @ church tomorrow...I know I will :)
Goodnight dears :)