By: Sammy A
Whenever the word “love” comes to your mind, what do you think of? Some may think of their girlfriend or boyfriend, some may think of their parents, some may even think that love doesn’t exist. But haven’t you ever thought of God when it comes to love? The first two reasons could be possible answers, but I think God is the perfect definition for the said word. If you browse through your Bible and go to the book of 1 Corinthians 13, verses four to eight speak about love. Let me type it for you in case you don’t wanna go and grab a Bible:
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily-angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
If you’re currently in a relationship with someone, you would probably think that, “I’m all those. I love my girlfriend/boyfriend perfectly.” Sure, you may love your special someone like that, but do you practice all those traits all the time? I guess not. There will be times wherein you would get mad at your loved one. There will be instances that you would fail someone who loves you so much. And times wherein you keep records of their wrongs will never disappear. So I guess no one could ever reach God’s standards when it comes to love. As early as now, I wanna tell you that only God could love us like that. Only God could meet all those traits all the time. God made us, because He wants us to live an abundant, meaningful life (John 14:6).
Some teenagers nowadays are already allowed to engage in romantic relationships as early as 13 years old. Some adolescent kids, however, tend to hide their relationship status from their parents. The two kind of lovesick teenagers think that they’re so madly in love with the person they fancy that they’re willing to do absolutely anything for the person they’re in a relationship with. If you watch some shows on the television that are about girls who handled sexual and physical abuse from the opposite sex. You see, some girls are willing to lose their virginity, because they think that engaging in a sexual intercourse with their boyfriend would make them feel more loved. But that’s a very, very wrong perspective of love. Sex is a beautiful thing, but it is intended for married people. Those who already committed to spend their lives together come what may. If you think that you’re ready to marry the person you love so you’ll have sex with him/her already while still in your teenage years, let me be the first to tell you that you’re wrong. Well, who am I to dictate who you’re gonna be with, in the future, right? But no one knows who you would end up with. Not even you. Only God knows. And if you think that you’re already ready for marriage, think again. Being ready for marriage means that you are able to sustain a family, pay for the kids’ tuition fees, pay for the bills, and whatnot. How could you pay for all those while getting roughly P500 to P1000 every week? You’ve never thought of that, huh?
If you still insist that you really love someone, I say it’s infatuation. I hate to break it up to you, but you’re infatuated. You’re not in love. Right now, I suggest that you enjoy the remaining years of your youth. Love will come. Don’t be in such a hurry. As of now, focus on how you could love and glorify God more. Go read your Bible or do something unexpected! Help your mom in cleaning the house or study harder. I believe that you and I should spend more time on our studies and on God instead of acting all in love with someone like there’s no tomorrow. Live a life that would make God smile.