We like to think or say that love is in our hearts but in reality, love develops in our mind. It is cultivated and stored in the cells of our brains and our bodies in ways we hardly comprehend. Neuroscience has revealed to us how neurochemicals, receptors, and electrochemical functions operate.
This emotion can and does act on our whole body. We know our heart is affected in a physical way at the sight or thought of a special person we love. These feelings seem to extend to all of the nerves in our body at times. Don't we also call the depression that sets in when love or a loved one is lost a broken heart?
Our feelings or emotions go into action according to the stimulus we might receive. We also create them by choosing to act on the knowledge we gain in our associations and activities. This causes me to think that our mind is more than our just our brain. Emotion is science and I think it is a more powerful science than we understand at this time.
You can't speak of love having an eternal nature without some theological underpinnings. How trustworthy are the opinions and musings of social scientists and scholars. Their temporary views on relationships and most orthodox theological concepts terminate marriage at death. Then also there is that streak of individual philosophy that each person seems to think they have all the answers.
Is love limited to a single planet? Just because we can look billions of light years away doesn't mean we can even begin to behold of the worlds without end throughout eternity and endless space. Even so, orthodox theologians have concluded that love did not exist as a mortal attribute until human history began some 6000 years ago.
Life is and should be more abundant because of love, not limited. God's love compels them to give more, not less. To bring about the perfect love of God involves a sacrifice, to a degree we may not comprehend in our present circumstances.
The perfect love of God is the perfect balance of justice, mercy, compassion, and forgiveness. We too can develop these principles with faith, effort, and much grace because of their sacrifice. Ultimately love is an endowment that we must seek with real intent.
Opposition in life can manifest itself as handicaps or disruptions in our organic chemistry that are out of our control. Other attributes and addictions that we choose can also cause us to lose our ability to control our thoughts and actions.
If there is such a thing as true love there will undoubtedly be counterfeits as well. If we fall in love can we not also fall out. Love is a choice. Without natural opposition, there is no real experience for freedom of choice or emotional development.
As eternal beings and on the higher level, love develops in our natural intelligence which is part of our spirit. It develops through experience and service. True love inspires selflessness and acting for the good of others as opposed to selfishness or self-preservation. This is the highest level and order of development of both emotion and intelligence.
We are the literal sons and daughters of eternal parents and their love for us is based on this relationship. We should love one another because we are quite literally brothers and sisters.
Think of the love of a mother. It is quick and sure in most cases. The love of a father often develops more slowly through service to both mother and child. Once solidified it can become a bulwark of dependability and stability.
Living outside the bounds of these protections causes loss of the sensitivities that allow us to develop the full potential of this eternal emotion.
Marriage is the commitment required to reach the full potential of love and it will be more than a lifetime process. It is the process of eternal lives. This present life is one of choosing our eternal destiny. If we refuse to obey the laws on which they are granted they surely won't.
Our decisions do determine our direction and ultimate destiny. This is the law of Agency and the law of the Harvest.