Love makes us want to take away the pain of others.
It does not want others to feel pain, including our own pain.
Love is generous and patient.
It does not force itself on others, making demands and insisting on having its’ way for threat of consequences.
Love is forgiving.
It does not punish others for wrongdoings, whether they be perceived or real.
Love is constant.
It does not abandon or threaten to abandon others out of spite or retribution.
Love is beyond us, inside of us, and around us.
Love makes us want to do better and to be better.
And, love does this not for our sake, even if we may benefit, but for the sake of others and for the sake of itself.