This post was inspired by this Daily prompt “Take That Rosetta! If you could wake up tomorrow and be fluent in any language you don’t currently speak, which would it be?
Well that would have to be without doubt, “The language of Love” and with 14th February fast approaching quite appropriate don’t you think.
So what does LOVE sound like?
Love is patient and kind.
Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.
It does not demand it’s own way.
It is not irritable, and keeps no record of being wronged.
It does not rejoice about injustice, but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
1Corinthians 13 4-7
The first thing I would do with this new linguistic skill is to teach it to others, it would not be easy, in fact it will take a lifelong to learn, because as with any language, just when you think you have mastered it, a new word comes along that you haven’t heard before, or a dialect that the same word sounds different, and you have to say “pardon”. So with love, just when you think you love a person, they do something that you don’t understand and you say “Pardon”
Love is the Universal language, we should all understand love, although we may expect love to be demonstrated in a number of ways. Gary Chapman identifies 5 ways in which we perceive love. They are:
Words of Affirmation “I love you, I think you are a wonderful person!”
Acts of Service Bringing tea in bed, clearing the car wind screen
Receiving Gifts Flowers, chocolates anything gold or diamond related.
Quality Time Spending time with that person doing something they enjoy
Physical touch Massage, stroking feet, brushing hair.
We all have a dominant “language” how we like to receive love and are therefore made to feel loved. The problem arises when your partner does not show love towards you, in the language that you understand. So a man who repeatedly says “I love you” to a woman, but never buys her flowers, when her language is gifts, runs the risk of being accused that he doesn’t love her, when in his mind he thinks that he is confessing his love daily in words, when words are in fact his love language.
If this is your situation it may be worth sitting down together and try and work out what each persons language is and then try and speak each others language. Here’s a link to do this http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/
Unconditional love is the one that we are asked to show to everybody. It is the most difficult one to comprehend, most easily seen between a parent and a child. Can any of us say that we can love every single person on the planet with the same love that a Mother has for her child. Even that for some of us may be difficult to comprehend as our Mothers may not have loved us unconditionally at all. Maybe a dog is a better example, an animal will love unconditionally and are perhaps able to teach us more than we are able to teach each other.