The lonely sole cries out to God: “When will you send me true love?”
The Father speaks: I know how you feel. You look around you and see couples everywhere and your heart desires to have what they have. You cry out in loneliness and wonder when your chance at love will come. The sound of your plea does not escape my ears. I hear it and I have not forgotten you. I know what you want and what you desire. I know the type of person you seek, and I know how easy it is for you to think I’m not listening or that I don’t care. Understand that I am not like you and my ways are not like yours. You will naturally chase after that which is pleasing to the eye, soothing to the soul, or calming to the mind.
Sometimes, what you want may not be what is best for you. I care only about what is best for you. That is why I want for you a love that is true and a reflection of my love for you. Appearances, physical ability, and status are meaningless to me. It is my design that the relationship you have with another would mirror the relationship you have with me. I offer a cord of three strands, each strand in harmony in one unbreakable union. The love you find in another should be characteristic of my love for you.
This love should be patient
The love you find in another should be patient, just as my love is patient. It should not become frustrated by inconsistencies, betrayal, or failure. Rather, it should wait out frustration even to the end, forgiving every misdeed and allowing for second chances. This is how I love. This is how you should love and be loved by another.
This love should be gentle
The love you search for in someone else should be gentle. Understanding of all your shortcomings and compassionate enough to help you overcome any obstacle in your path whether it be personal, emotional, or physical, whether it is an internal obstacle or an external one beyond your control. Its compassion should extend to all people. It must give without desiring to receive and without expecting acts of kindness to be returned. This is how I love. This is how you should love and be loved by another.
This love should not be jealous
The person you choose to love should not be jealous of gifts and talents you possess or of the things others have. True love rejoices in the gifts, talents, and possessions of others, without desiring these for itself. It should not envy money or material possessions or the relationships I have set up with others. Each person has different gifts which I have given and no two people interact the same way. Rather, love should focus on the gifts I have given without regard to the gifts I have given others. This is how I love. It is my will for your love to be the same.
This love should be self-seeking
The love you find in another should be selfless and give glory not to itself, but to Me and to all people. The gift of love, which I freely give was neither designed nor intended to be kept inside. Love was given to share and give freely just as I have given it to you. Your love must stretch outward to your spouse, your family, and the world. This is the mark of true love. This is the way I love. It is my will that you will love in this way.
This love should be God-centered
The love you find in another should not forsake Me. We are a cord of three strands. If the center strand is removed, the entire cord is worthless. No love can truly be complete without me. I am the Creator, Designer and embodiment of love. To know love is to know me. Just as I have never forsaken you, you should never forsake Me in love.
This love should be unwavering
The love you seek should be unchanging and constant. It should not diminish or change in character, but should remain the same to the end of the age. It should be a constant rock to lean on and a foundation that cannot be shaken. My love is unchanging and constant. This is how I love. This is how you should love and be loved by another.
This love should not be selfish
The person you choose to love should not be selfish. True love places the needs and the happiness of others above itself. No one can truly utter the words “I love you” unless they care deeply about the well-being of others and are willing to place the needs of others above themselves. True love is more than selfless, it is sacrificial, willing to relinquish its own happiness for the happiness of others. This is how I love. This is how you should love and be loved by another. Sacrifice is the fullest expression of love.
This love should be even-tempered and not angry
The love you search for should not be provoked to anger, rather it should be even-tempered and exercising self-control. Self-control is necessary in love. Without it, there could be no patience or understanding. Love must take into consideration all things and act out of love at all times. This is how I love. This is how you should love and be loved by another.
This love should be forgiving
The love you seek should be forgiving. It should not keep a record of wrongs. To be unwilling to forgive and look past the mistakes of others is not love, rather it is piety and selfishness. The capacity to forgive should exceed personal pride, otherwise it is not love for another, but love for self, which is not love at all. Love works through wrongs, and forgets them forever. This is how I love. This is how you should love and be loved by another.
This love should not judge
The love you search for in another should, while being faithful to Me, not wish judgment upon others. Love does not rejoice in the suffering of others. It is not your place to determine what each person deserves, and therefore you should only rejoice in the blessings I give to yourself and others. Your focus need not be on earthly judgments and earthly suffering. True love is eternal and focuses on the things of Heaven. This is how I love. This is how you should love and be loved by another.
This love should be unconditional
The love you find should be enduring. It should not depend on circumstances, arguments, moods, or situations. While time and circumstances may change, love always remains the same. True love is a commitment that cannot be broken. This is how I love. This is how you should love and be loved by another.
This love should not mock others
The love you search for should be positive, finding the best in all people and in you. It should not accuse others of misdeeds, rather it should believe the best of all people. It should not search for flaws, but rather look for strengths, just as I love, seeing the best despite all flaws. This is how I love. This is how you should love and be loved by another.
This love should bring hope
The love you find should have hope in others and in times of adversity. No matter how evil people can be and no matter how bad times may become, true love hopes that people will change and times will improve. This is how I love. This is how you should love and be loved by another.
This is the nature of true love. This is the love that I have Created, and this is the Love I have designed for My people. While no human can perfectly imitate this complete love two people united under My love can reflect my complete love and form a cord of three strands, each strand in harmony in one unbreakable union. Truly this love shall never fail.