Welcome to purposeful living today.  One of uncommon gifts we have been given as humans is the gift of love,  love is so valuable that it can be expressed as a priceless gift to everyone, putting joy on the faces of people. There is no one who will say that he/she is not in need of love, such person is only pretending and not appreciative of the gift of love.  You need people to love you when you are strong and weak,  celebrating and when in challenging situations. It is love that makes a peaceful life,  family, community and society. Remember the term "be your neighbors keeper" is a product of loving people to protecting them and what is theirs even in their absence.
Most people say that they are "in love" but when the person they claim to love begins to encounter some challenges, they tend to run away from their so called lover.  Imagine a guy who says he loves a girl,  sleeps with her and then the girl told him after some months that she is pregnant.  The guy's reaction will first be to abuse the girl of her carelessness and opt for abortion or he may run away from the girl,  deleting her contact from his phone and leaving that vicinity.

Love is not attraction:
Most of what we call love is attraction and when attraction is unexamined it leads to lust and infatuation.
Attraction is when you like something pleasant or satisfactory about a person,  this has to do with for example a body feature, character trait etc. Attraction is what links you to people.
Love is your readiness to invest in the personality of a person even at your peril,  their weakness not withstanding.
You see the fact that he told you that you are beautiful,  his sugar pie,  he loves your eyes, nose,  teeth...does not actually means he loves you.
Love is not cheap it is very expensive, it comes with a price.  This is why Salvation is not cheap,  it came with a price that Jesus Christ paid on the cross ( His Blood).  God Almighty proved His love for us not just affirming it always with his mouth, but He showed it with action by giving us His ONLY begotten son Jesus Christ.

So what is the Price tag of love?
"Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren".1 John 3:16.
The price tag of love is letting go "SELF". Yes, if you must love people you must stop putting yourself first; your needs and desires before others. You really have to be selfless, the lack of selflessness is the reason for the high rate of divorce and failed relationships in the world today. When you think only of your happiness and not the happiness of others,  you cannot be  happy. You will be happy when people around you are happy. Oh!  Love will deprive you of your rights,  privileges, comfort,  joy, position... Jesus Christ can explain this better to you. Love makes people better than you met them,  you inspire them to greatness and help them in fulfilling their dreams.
Dear,  love comes with a serious responsibility of giving respect, joy, peace, honour, value, protecting... those you love. Stop deceiving people that you are in love when you are in lust based on what you can see.  If anyone tells you they love you, ask them if they are willing to pay the price?
Do they love you for who you are, your past not withstanding?
No man can give what he does not have,  love is given by God (Romans 5:5). So no man can love you if he has not experienced the love of God.  Love is God and God is Love (1 John 4:7-8). If you must walk in love you have to surrender to Jesus Christ and allow Him love you. This is what God says to you today:
"The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee." Jeremiah 31:3.
Yes,  you may have done terrible things and you think that God doesn't love you anymore ,  he says His love for you is everlasting.  Now is the time my dear you repent from your sins and turn to His lovely arms that is wide open to receive you.  His love for you is not without a price, it was paid with the precious blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary.
You can invite the Lord Jesus in your life now by saying this prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ  I acknowledge that I am a sinner,  I believe in your death and resurrection.  I ask you forgive me my sins,  I reject the devil and all his works and l welcome the Holy Spirit into my life.  I declare today I am born again and I am a child of God in Jesus name .Amen .
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