The Greatest Love: The Power Of Love

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Anyone is capable of falling in love, but truly loving someone or something requires an intentional effort in order to actually love. Status viatoris describes how individuals are driven by his/her hopes and loves. Although, this drive does not always lead one to love things that are good. Moreover, the way that one loves and the things that one loves determine whether love fails or love sustains. When an individual’s virtues are not directed toward an end longing of God and the Truth, love fails, but when an individual’s longings are directed towards God, love sustains. One’s faith and pursuit of God allows one to love well; it enables one to live with the central virtue in mind. Virtue is the best and deepest love, which is understanding the love of God. However, love begins to fail either when we love something more than we love God or when we love the wrong thing. Augustine’s friend was not something that was wrong to love, but his great love and …show more content…
Aylmer based his love for his wife on her beauty, and he was not able to love her because of her birthmark. However, in the poem “The Greatest Love,” Anna Swir demonstrated the true love between an older husband and wife. Instead of being ridiculing his wife’s gray hair, he commented the beauty of it. Swir wrote, “You have hair like pearls” (54). The husband considered this “imperfection” to be beautiful. Similarly, in Songs of Solomon, the farm girl worried that she was not beautiful enough for Solomon. She worried that her skin was too dark, but Solomon told her that she is beautiful. Solomon expressed that he is more concerned marrying a lady that will share his work, which is what he truly viewed as attractive. He was more concerned with loving her inward appearance than with loving just her beauty. In relation to Christ, love within relationships sustains when both parties pursue Christ and seek to love the inward of appearance of the significant

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