So many people confuse dysfunction with love. But when you really break it down, it is quite simple. One robs from you, the other gives. One hurts, the other heals.
There is such a stark difference – it is not confusing at all. Love is always good, and love always heals. It is the opposite that hurts. Being cheated on hurts. Deception hurts. Lies hurt. Emotional abuse and mental manipulation hurts. Broken promises hurt. Lust hurts.
But love? No. Never. Love honors. Love protects. Love isn’t selfish. It doesn’t take and take, it always gives. Love never robs you of your self respect and dignity. Love builds you up, not tears you down. Love keeps its word. Love is full of truth, not wrongdoing. Love casts out fear. Love is pure, and love is safe. Love heals.
Dysfunction and abuse tear you down. But love is what builds you back up again. Know the difference, and have enough courage to build your life around what is true and good.
// Love; it will not betray you
Dismay or enslave you, it will set you free
Be more like the man you were made to be.