According to 1 Corinthians chapter 13 and Paul’s teaching chapter on love, it is not something that is earned, merited, or deserved and it is certainly not something that we can generate from within ourselves. Love is something that is sent out and given to us from a source that is outside of ourselves. In this, love must first be received from what is not naturally within. If we are forced to generate our own love rather than to receive it from outside of ourselves, the result will be to our own emotional and spiritual breakdown and destruction. Why? Because when we are born into this world, we do not come naturally “wired” to give, which is the essence of what love is. Rather, we naturally come into this world “wired” to first receive before we can give.