The English language, despite its vast vocabulary (~450,000+ words), is surprising lacking in more descriptive words for the various types of love. Most other languages have multiple words describing the sort of love one is referring to, because obviously telling a lover "I love you" is very different from saying "I love chocolate".
There is the love expressed in friendship, there is the love expressed between family members, and then there is the love expressed between (for lack of a better word at the moment...) lovers. Three entirely different types of love, all of which use the same exact word.
So now I must answer a question with another question, which type of love are we talking about here?
I believe we are talking about the deepest kind of love one human can feel towards another. In that sense, I must agree with angelan in that I too have great difficulty in expressing what love is. I know what it feels like, I know that I’ve experienced it, for better and for worse, but to actually describe it is a daunting task indeed.
Yes, it hurts when the person you love is hurting, it hurts even more when you are the cause of that hurt. At times you feel like you want to be with that person all the time, but then you remember the old adage, “absence makes the heart grow fonder” which is also true in its own way. Love is also that warm squishy feeling. It also allows one to feel like they would give their life for their lover.
But in the end, for me at least, I believe the Bible said it best:
Love is patient; love is kind
and envies no one.
Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude;
never selfish, not quick to take offense.
There is nothing love cannot face;
there is no limit to its faith,
its hope, and endurance.
In a word, there are three things
that last forever: faith, hope, and love;
but the greatest of them all is love.
~ Corinthians 1:13 ~