We each have many types of love relationships — parents, children, spouses, friends. And they’re not always with people; you may love an animal, or a place. Is there a single idea or definition that runs through all the varieties of “love”?
As humans we are conditional people. We love our friends, family, parents, children, spouses, until they are unlovable. We love our pets until they won’t house train. We love a restaurant or particular place until changes and now it’s not quite our taste. The one single definition that runs through all varieties of human love is conditional.
Love is not easy for me. I have to work at loving the unlovable person, place or thing. We want to love better but we are not perfect, no, not one. Even those with a gentle spirit cannot love perfectly.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
(I Corinthians 13:4-7 NKJV)