We have so mixed love with beauty and charm and sensuality and contact that we’ve robbed it of its higher call of cherishing and nurturing. (From a late apologist)

Every period of life has had its famous love stories. They reflect the values of their particular era. Today’s movies, TV shows, and paperback novels have made the word love something far less than it could be. Romance is legitimate, of course, but what is missing so often in the passion of the moment is enduring commitment to what is lasting and best for both parties in the future.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. (1 Corinthians 13:4-5)