“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
Although this passage directly from the Gospels is perhaps the most well-known phrase on love, most of us struggle to put this type of love into reality.
Most of the time, our ideas about love are filled with overly romanticized images of ideal dates, beautiful evenings, and meeting a life mate who always completely gets us. When we think of love, we see an endless wave of emotions. We picture meeting THE ONE, the perfect match who fulfills all of our needs and complements us in every way.
That vision is wrong, which is its lone flaw. Our romanticized notions of love invariably leave us with false expectations for any potential relationship, even if they are the actual deal.