Violence is NOT Love

Dear Women,

I feel compelled to write about this topic in hopes that my words will help someone currently in a bad relationship. This week TMZ released the disturbing video footage of Ray Rice attacking his then fiance. I was completely disgusted, appalled, shocked, and really pissed off at what I saw. My stance is PEOPLE need and must learn how to keep their hands to themselves. I believe it’s easier to walk away from a situation that has the possibility of turning violent.

The Bible says: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4–8a

For me love is when every time you see or think about your significant other, you have butterflies in your stomach. Or when in a crowded room and your eyes lock in on each other everyone else in the room disappears. Loving a person is when they are the first person you think about in morning and the last the person you think about at night. Love is doing the little things just because. Being punched, hit, beaten, dragged, slapped, thrown into a wall, or belittled is not LOVE. To love someone is to always want the best for them and to treat them better than you would treat yourself. So, if you are in a situation where you are someone’s punching bag, I beg you to leave.

For more information please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) 24/7, 365 days a year or visit National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website.

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