Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What is Love?

How was Valentines Day for you yesterday? Did you spend it with someone special? Last Friday the youth group at our church had a Valentines progressive dinner. At the conclusion of the dinner I asked them to give me a top 16 list of what they are or will be looking for in a date. We then discussed what they should be looking for in a date from I Corinthians 13 and what love is. The comparison of the teens top 16 list and the list of 16 things love is and isn’t from I Corinthians 13 are interesting to compare. Here they are.

The Top 16 Things the Teens at Cottondale church of Christ are looking for in a Date:
A Christian
Not Full of Themselves
Fun to Be Around
Good Listener
Good Style
Good with Money
Not Jealous
Not Underweight or Morbidly Obese
Self Control
Positive Attitude
Physically Attractive

The 16 things I Corinthians 13 says love is:
Not Jealous
Does Not Brag
Not Arrogant
Does Not Behave Rudely
Does Not Seek Its Own
Not Provoked
Thinks No Evil
Does Not Rejoice in Unrighteousness
Rejoices with the Truth
Bears All Things
Believes All Things
Hopes All Things
Endures All Things
It Never Fails

If you are dating, I hope you will consider looking for the characteristics of the second list in the person you will date, love, and marry some day. If you are a parent, I hope both of these lists will help you in teaching your children what to look for in a future marriage partner.
~ Charles Steiner

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