Commemorating the life and love he and his late wife shared while she was alive, gospel singer Marvin Sapp offered his followers practical advice on real love.
"Real love is about finding or being found by the person that will stick with you through the thick storms and the thin victories," he wrote. "Real love doesn't just take sacrifice, it is based on sacrifice. Real love is founded on the notion that sometimes you may have to give part of yourself to someone else in order for them to be able to make it through, with the understanding that this person will do the same thing for you in your toughest times.
Sapp and his wife/manager, MaLinda Sapp, were happily married for 20 years before she passed away in 2010 after losing a fight with colon cancer. Sapp went on to advise people to hold off on romance until they find what he detailed as "real love."
"Never allow yourself to remain in a relationship in which a person has proved over and over again that they aren't about this 'real love', because in short you are only wasting your time. Find that person or be found by a person who is going to be there to pick you up when you fall, and not just there for you to help them when they do the same. Don't pretend, find someone that you can trust, someone who is patient, and someone who seeks to understand," he maintained.
Sapp and MaLinda have three children together: Marvin II, Mikaila, and Madisson. He said his motivational post was a dedication from the family to her memory as he also paid homage to the love they shared together.
"That's what I had with her for 20yrs along with 3 wonderful children and that's why we celebrate her on today which would have been her 49th Birthday #RIH Lynn We will love you always," he concluded.
The leader of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has since continued to create music and live his life despite losing his partner. He accredits his strength to something his late wife said to him before she passed.
"The greatest gift my wife gave me was a statement before she passed," Sapp told The Christian Post in 2015 upon the release of his album, You Shall Live. "She knew that there was nothing else that they could do, she literally said to me, 'honey if you want me to be happy in my transition, promise me after I transition that you will live.'"
Sapp's latest love post shows the he is not only living life but using his influence to help others live theirs better as well.
"The majority of the time, when I post things on my social media it's thoughts, concepts, ideas and things that I've learned for over the 48 years that I've been on this earth," he had told CP earlier.