One of my favorite teachers from high school told me this. I can remember the day I came to him when things started getting rocky in a past relationship, and he reminded me of this truth. This is what true love means, he said. Even though I was a mess and didn't want to accept that what we had wasn't love, I knew deep down that it was true.
Who knows when that kind of love will come. It may be in the next year, next five, next decade. I've come to know that until I can fully rest on God's love for me and His plan for my life, I will not find that beautiful, selfless kind of love with another person. But God gave me something even bigger than earthly love. He gave me His love. He ultimately gave up His life for me, wanting nothing from me in return. Even in the midst of my sin. And shouldn't that kind of love be enough?