“We all need joy, and we can all receive joy in only one way, by adding to the joy of others.”
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God.
– I John
The idea of romance held by the modern world seems to be taken from the world of business. We are told that love should not be freely given, but that it is a commodity that must be bargained over. Some wary couples are even drawing up contracts to specify who will do the dishes and who will wash the car. As long as the contract is observed to the letter, peace reigns, but any breach brings serious consequences. We model our personal lives after our business lives. If it works when negotiating a contract with your supplier, why shouldn't it work when negotiating with your domestic partner?
Yet no one is content with this state of affairs. None of us really wants to strike back at those we love. We do not get satisfaction out of hurting people who have let us down. We have simply fallen into the habit of brooding on wrongs done to us, until we finally explode.
Love means that regardless of what someone does to us, we will not strike back in anger.