I have given a fair amount of thought to this question and I this is what I came up with:
Love is knowing someone’s faults and forgiving them for those faults.
Now, I know this sounds a little simplistic, but stick with me here.
Forgiveness is one of the hardest emotions for humans to conjure up. For some of us, it is nearly impossible. In order to forgive someone for something we must make ourselves vulnerable and be willing to take a chance on someone. After all, that person could do that thing again that hurt/annoyed/angered/embarrassed us.
The deepest level of love constitutes that we forgive that person for not being perfect. I know this last sentence makes it all sound extremely simple, but humans are not simple creatures and sometimes it FEELS harder than it SOUNDS.
When I write about love in this instance, it could apply to any type of love for any person. It could be a family member or a friend. Must you forgive a person for their faults in order to love them? Not necessarily. But in order to truly love them on the deepest level possible you absolutely must forgive them. (Think of unforgiveness as a fence that you can see over but not quite climb over. Therefore, it is always blocking you to some degree.)
So the next time your spouse (or other person) doesn’t something that upsets you, try to shift your thinking away from the thing that upsets you. Instead try to focus on all the things he or she does that are RIGHT. Over time your feelings about that person will shift and you will learn to forgive him or her for not being perfect.
Then you will be entering the realm of the truest kind of love. ❤
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by Angela Christian Pope @ ModernRelationship.org