L is for Love

love 

[luhv]
noun
1.  a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person
2.  a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection
3.  a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person
4.  used in direct address as a term of endearment, affection, or the like

verb
1.  to have love or affection for another person; be in love
2.  to have a profoundly tender, passionate affection for
3.  to have a strong liking for; take great pleasure in
4.  to need or require; benefit greatly from

I still remember the first time Joe told me that he loved me. It was on a Sunday, after I applied to be his girlfriend and right before we made it "Facebook official". Ever since that moment, love is a word that is uttered between the two of us multiple times a day.

A typical "I love you" conversation in our marriage sounds exactly like this:

Joe: I love you wife.

Me: I love you too.

Joe: I love you more.

Me: I love you most!

Joe: NO!!!!!

It's an "argument" that I'm always in trouble for trying to win, but I don't care!

I've always liked the verse of scripture about love that is recited at a lot of Christian weddings:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

If you read those same verses in the King James version of the Bible (the one that we read as members of the LDS faith), the word love is replaced with charity, so it reads:

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth.

charity

[char-i-tee]

noun
1.  generous actions or donations to aid the poor, ill, or helpless
2.  something given to a person or persons in need
3.  a charitable act or work
4.  benevolent feeling, especially toward those in need or disfavor
5.  leniency in judging others; forbearance

If you think of love as charity, the whole meaning changes. 

"But love, I've come to understand, is more than three words mumbled before bedtime. Love is sustained by action, a pattern of devotion in the things we do for each other every day." - Nicholas Sparks

What 'L' word would you use to describe your marriage?