5. The world has a different definition of love
The world’s definition of love is often steeped in lust, infatuation, and pleasure. It is more about the way the person makes us feel. We go by the butterflies running around in our stomach, the current that runs from the nape of our neck to our lower back. But what is love, God’s way?
For one thing, it’s not about the emotions. It is an intentional decision.
Here is what love is: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy…it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love…always protects, it always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7
Long after the feelings, after the throb of our heightened emotions fizzle out, our love must remain because it is not tied to how we feel or what we want but about commitment, about sacrifice, and about acceptance.
Beyond these reasons, I hope you trust that God is able to give you all that you need right when you need it. Rather than burden yourself with all the many rules about dating, seek to make the most of your single years.
Enjoy the magic in little moments and remember that God’s plans are for your good and will give you a future and a hope.
Having done life and dating the world’s way, Chioma Oparadike believes it’s time today’s Christians tried things God’s way. Chioma shares her experiences and encouragement to young women through her blog www.chiomaoparadike.com and has a 30-Day Devotional, Your Restored Life: Living a Life of Grace and Love, to help women live boldly as God’s daughters.
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