What Is Love?

What is Love?Every day I try and tell my husband at least once that I love him.  Whether I say it to him face-to-face, tag him in a social update post, or text him, I make it a point to share those important three words with him.

I feel like telling my husband I love him affirms him and reminds him that I am thinking about him, that I care about him, and that well he is loved.  As much as I am convinced that sharing these words with him are important, I am learning that it is just as important for my actions to back up and support those powerful words.

What exactly is love and how can my actions support my words?

Love is defined as a verb, meaning it is an action word.  Love is something we do.  As a wife, I desire to know all the different ways I can show my husband love.  This means I must know what love is.

As I sought out to discover what love is I did a mini-series including some videos which I shared on my blog.  If you would like to check it out please go here unveiledwife.com/tag/what-is-love

What is Love?

Love is perfectly and eloquently defined in 1 Corinthians 13.  Love is the greatest gift we have to offer our husbands so it is paramount that we are familiar with the depth of this beautiful definition.

“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.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

As wives we need to implement love as a verb and do these things! I highly encourage you to check out the series I mentioned above because I breakdown each part of this definition of love and provide a challenge to help us as wives love our husbands by doing!

If we want to mean what we say with the words “I Love You” our actions must align! When I am intentional about showing my husband I love him, it reinforces the truth of the words I say, and that is what is most affirming for my husband.  I admit there are specific areas that are more difficult for me such as remaining patient in times of stress and not lashing out on my husband.  I am a work in progress and I am continually challenged to fulfill this definition of love in my marriage as I keep these verses close to my heart.

What about you…do you struggle with fulfilling a part of this definition of love?  What is your action plan to intentionally grow in showing your husband you love him?

- Jennifer Smith   Unveiledwife.com

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  1. Elissa Philgence says

    Hi Jennifer

    Love is such of powerful word that is under used today. When I first got married I would tell my husband I love him all the time, every day. However, children came and with children came more responsibilities and slowly without knowing it, I stop saying I love you to my husband.

    Oh, it’s so easy to start to overlooking the person closest to you. I became comfortable having him around and knowing that he would always be there. But I know that I am wrong and I need to get back to the days when I would write him little note and show him how much i love and appreciated him after 11 years of togetherness.

    Peace to you.

  2. mbw says

    I once heard a speaker talk about 1 Cor. 13, and she said look at it from the other side: put “hate” where love is, and put the opposite of all those wonderfully qualities of love. It made me think twice about the message I was sending to my family when I was impatient, or easily angered,or selfish. It was a good lesson for me.

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