As 2012 begins to take form and shine a light at the end of the tunnel reflections of things run through my head. The word “love” dances in my forethought and I am reminded of the power in this word. Many people have their own concept about love and sometimes confuse love with infatuation, abuse, sex, disrespect, pain etc. however love is not any of these things. I looked for love in all the wrong places and faces hoping to find it in that one man. But love could not be found because I would mistake it for everything it was not at all. Today, I realize what love is and what defines the power of love. Love is patient,kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it does not anger easily, keeps no records of wrongs, does not delight in evil and overall it never fails. The lesson I learn today through self reflection is if a person never been loved like 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 you cannot expect them to love you at all. The first love is self-love and if a person cannot love themselves then understand they can never love you the way you deserve to be love. If you do not love yourself first you cannot give love or recieve love from anyone else. If you are looking for a man to give you love before loving yourself then it is important you reevaluate the word “love”. The best definition you can get from love is from the Bible, the word of God. The Lord teaches us that love never fails no matter what goes on in our life. If love can cover a multitude of sin then love is powerful. We should not abuse love, manipulate love or use it to string along other people. Love is a weapon not to be used lightly but to understand what it really stands for in the world. Never say it if you do not mean it and do not use it to hurt others. Love is not confusion, not abuse, not anger, not disrespect, not lies, not hidden agendas but love is trust, hope, it perseveres, and most of all LOVE NEVER FAILS!