Written By: Taylor Fast
What is love? Everybody would answer that question differently. People give and receive love in different ways. Love can be as simple as reminding someone to put a seatbelt on and as complicated as wanting to marry someone because they “complete you.”
In society today we see so many people dating for a short time, having sex, breaking up, and moving on. For some reason though this is called love. They say I love you, they tell everyone they are in love and then it ends, just as quickly as it started. We see it in our friends, coworkers, and celebrities’ daily. Holy cow, if that is love I do not want any part in it!
I’d like to think that what my fiancé and I consider as love is much different from what is mentioned above. Love for me is unconditional. You do not leave each other because you aren’t willing to put the work in to figure stuff out. Love is about working together through all our flaws and all our successes. Love is having complete trust in the other person. Love is pure, with no judgments, and love has a willingness to grow and learn from each other. Love is passionate, remarkable, incredible, and long lasting. This love relationship with our partner can be a lot like a relationship we have with God, though we are called to love God more than anyone else. Imagine, the love He has for all of us- let’s try and match it!
What does God say about love?
“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, and it keeps no records of wrongs. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
Wow, do I ever want my marriage and my relationship with God to mimic what God says love is. How much more beautiful and fulfilling does this kind of love sound?
I love that there is no mention of looks in these verses. Society now a days is all about looks, how sexualized a women is= how dateable she is. What an awful thing to be teaching our kids and youth. Most ads show women as sexual objects and teach us that love is about looks and when you are tired of the person it is time to move on. We need to truly learn what love is. Remember that the type of love you deserve to receive and give is found in 1 Corinthians 13, it’s not found in the latest dating advice column of a magazine.
Until Next Time,