What’s the difference between Love and Like? Not enough…

I was just thinking about this the other day. I’d been watching a tv show and in it a couple was arguing about an affair one partner had.

The partner that had been cheated on said what you typically hear the victims of infidelity say, “If you loved me, then how could you cheat on me?” The cheating partner’s response was, “I do love you. You know that. I’ve shown you, but I made a bad decision.”

Who was right? Were they both right? Were they both wrong?

Based on things you read about love, it seems to be almost a super-human characteristic. At least that’s how the Bible describes love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.

Pay close attention to that very last line and you’ll understand by confusion or clarity depending on your perspective.

LOVE NEVER FAILS!

Now if you agree with not only the list above, but also that love never fails, then that would almost certainly negate any and every excuse you could hear regarding how love did not stop a wrong doing, foul word, or selfish act.

And to think you thought you were a lover and a pretty good one at that, didn’t you?

Well don’t be discouraged. Mastering love like anything else could take a lifetime to perfect. I’d be willing to argue that it may never turn into love, but more so an extremely high-level of like until you reach love.

That’s not what you wanted to hear and frankly you’d like to stop reading now, right? Love is such a beautiful thing. Why can’t you just keep saying you love people, hurting them occasionally or even rarely, while ruining the concept of love? Because of the last couple words of that previous sentence.

ruining the concept of love

Sadly, that seems to be common place these days, so much so that the line between love and like is frankly smeared beyond recognition. I’ve heard Pastor’s use the same ideology when describing Christianity and how a Christian should stand out from the crowd and be noticeably different from the “world of sin.”

Well I feel the same way about love. It should borrow some similarities from like and enhance them while coupling its own supreme level of consistency with it.

You shouldn’t have to wonder if someone “really” loves you. You should have no doubt. You should never have to wonder if you love someone. You should have no doubt.

It should walk, talk, speak, understand, and communicate differently.

When you are in love you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. – Dr. Seuss

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One comment

  1. I totally understand it with Clarity….Love never fails:-) I also like the “Supreme level of consistency” as a characteristic of Love. I have grown to realize that there is a definite difference between like and love, and when you use love to guide your actions inside of relationship, it is a totally different experience. Totally Beautiful.

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