It embraces, yes, but it must also forgive, heal, and grow. Love creates new potential, and actualizes it.
Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. By his love he is enabled to see the essential traits and features in the beloved person; and even more, he sees that which is potential in him, which is not yet actualized but yet ought to be actualized. Furthermore, by his love, the loving person enables the beloved person to actualize these potentialities. By making him aware of what he can be and of what he should become, he makes these potentialities come true.
I suppose it must be so with the love of a parent, a spouse, a friend, a teacher… After all, it is so with the love of God.