I know for sure that I love you

I know for sure that I love you. But what does that mean?

I don’t know that for sure. Love is a great mystery. It’s like the ocean: we can only see about ten feet down into it on a clear day.

Love is certainly more than a feeling. I can love you when I have different feelings toward you or have none at all. Feelings are like waves on the sea of love. The sea is still there when there are big waves, little waves, or no waves.

The sea is much heavier than its waves. Love is more than emotion. But not less. It’s not cold philanthropy. “I wish you well” is much less than “I love you.”

“I love you” means “I tie myself to you.” Love is loyal. Love is “no matter what.” Love is “never, never, never, never give up.”

Because that’s what God is like.

Peter Kreeft, Before I Go: Letters to our children about what really matters, n.13, p.23 (United Kingdom: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007)