Love, love, love...it's a many-wondered thing. I have written about it before because it's a topic near and dear to me. It's also important to remember that we are called to love one another. That is one of Jesus' most repeated messages. Does it begin in our thoughts? In our emotions? Does it stem from the depth of our heart? Our soul?
One of my favorite verses, Proverbs 4:23, deals with the importance of our hearts and I often repeat to myself when my thoughts start to take me to a place where I want to take down my walls, allow someone in, or to be vulnerable to what they may have for me. I remind myself of the importance of guarding my heart and not letting just anyone in.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. NIV
Keep you heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. NKJV/ASV
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. NLT
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. ESBSome believe our "heart" is connected to our soul or is a reference to our soul. I suppose that is where "soul mates" comes from--a connection deep within the wellspring of our life.
Recently, I watched a documentary of sorts by Rob Bell/NOOMA called, Flame. It addresses 3 kinds (flames) of love Raya (friend, companion), Ahava (deep love and affection--"I'd rather be here, with her, at this moment than anywhere else in the universe.", "as strong as death, unquenchable as fire" - Song of Songs), Dod (carouse, rock, fondle; physical, sexual element of love). When these three "flames" of love come together and are shared between two people, they create a fire. Yet, each on it's own is only a piece to what God intended for us under the commitment/vow of marriage. They are incomplete on their own, but unquenchable when joined and fanned and fed daily as is intended by the One who made us for relationship.