Nothing is more misunderstood or sought after. Everybody wants it and everybody needs it but, some don't know how to love or be loved. It is a craving to validate your very essence, and a need to satisfy your desire for a deep emotional connection.
Before I get deeper into what love is, I'll tell you what it isn't.
First of all, love is not sex. They are two very different things. Sex is purely physical and love doesn't have to be involved. Sex is an important expression of love between man and wife. But if there is intercourse and no love, it is just lust manifesting itself in a physical form. A lot of people get love and sex confused especially if they have never been loved. It is difficult to recognize and understand something they have never had. But the unquenchable thirst for love, has lead many people to make promises with their bodies that their hearts and minds can't keep, in an effort to fill that void. In all honesty, the concept of sex as love is much easier to comprehend than what true love really is because we live in a mass media society that promotes sexuality. It almost seems as if love is old fashioned and outdated. But when you know what love truly is, you realize that it is a vital part of your humanity, and something that you'd be hard pressed to live without.
Love is understanding when you really don't understand. Love is loving someone even at times when they are not lovable. Love is an aching when you're apart, and sometimes an aching when you're together but, staying because temporary stress does not change your commitment. Love is all of these things and much, much more.
But there is no greater love that the love of God, who gave his only begotten son so that we would not parish but have everlasting life. That's love!