I’m glad I read this scripture today. As simple as it is, it gives me a deeper understanding of love. It gives me a basic understanding of how to truly love.

How many people truly love someone else? According to this scripture, I’d have to say it’s less than you think. Based on their actions, millions of husbands and wives are living in marriages that lack love.

Being rude, is not love.
Getting mad easily, is not love.
Keeping records of each other’s wrongs, is not love.
Lying to each other, is not love.

I can say, “I love you” all day. But true love is within my actions.

And now that this simple scripture has given me a profound understanding, the words, “I love you” have a deeper meaning to me. I will always strive to love in the exact way that this scripture describes.

To my wife, family, and friends…I LOVE YOU!



Steven Jennings


Author: Steven & Suzie Jennings

She was raised as a Mormon, and he is a convict serving 43 years in prison. This blog offers a glimpse into two vastly different worlds that somehow came crashing together. Join them on their journey through prison life & married life.

6 thoughts

  1. I think a lot of people love themselves ..a whole lot. (but first..lemme take a selfie!)
    And I think a lot of people love their pets more than their spouse. (Been guilty myself)
    And I think a lot of people love their stuff..
    but not too many people really, truly love another human with the purest and unconditional sense of the word.

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  2. I do understand. I’ve been married twice before and have had other relationships before. I always tried to change them into the person I thought they should be. I was always angry when they didn’t. I didn’t know how to love. When I got angry enough I left. I’ve been married now for fifteen years. I applied everything I learned. I also learned that the phrase “I need you to . . .or to feel that without them you couldn’t be whole because he/she completes you won’t work, either. Each person needs to be complete by himself, coming together, each appreciating the other for the very qualities you fell in love with for in the first place. I would do anything I possibly could to make my husband happy. We trust each other with each other’s hearts.

    My second marriage ended very badly. I hated him. It was the only time I had truly felt that emotion. It fed inside me and are me up. It took 5 years before I even began to work through it and another five to forgive him – and myself for what happened. Then he became my friend and now- now the love is there again, and appreciation for the reasons I loved him in the first place. The heart is big enough to hold many loves. It starts with learning how to be friends. Friends can last a life time. Lovers come and go and become only a memory.

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  3. How right you are when you look at the statistics of divorced and broken families. Children never learning and seeing that love from their parents, hearing them fight and argue so much, so when they grow up, that is the only reference they have. The cycle goes on. I see it happening with my own children’s families by the way they – the parents- treat each other in front of the kids. I can see, with my son’s marriage, if it weren’t for the kids, they wouldn’t be together. Which is worse for the kids? Having their parents stay together hearing all the verbal abuse, or separating? I often wonder – which one would hurt them the most?

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