Conversation with Youth on Love
I came across a thread on facebook regarding the topic of infatuation (what the youth called love). Here is the full thread. I have abreviated the names so that individuals may remain anonymous. This post is to reveal where young people's hearts are at (even within the church) on the topic of love.
A. M. -
The Freshman Girl, Oh So Shy, Sits And Watches, The Sophmore Guy.
The Sophmore Guy, With His Head In A Whirl,
Sits And Watches The Junior Girl. The Junior Girl, In Her Red Sedan,
Sits And Watches The Senior Man. The Senior Man,
All Hot And Wild,
...Is Secretly In Love With The Freshman Child
B. C. - well isn't that just the weirdest thing?
A. M. - Just Imagine It With People We Know, It Becomes Even Weirder.
T. A. - Uhmmm, I love this quote thingy... Its on my phone
M. J. - Dude that's crazy.
A. M. - Haha I Know T. A. ... Tell Me About It. Lol
K. P. - You deleted that guys comment hahaha n (they deleted my post but I reposted)
B. C. - he was kinda creepy (when you preach the gospel, you will often be mocked and called names)
T. A. - What did it say?
A. M. - I don't know what it said, I went to view it, and it wasn't there.?
Jim Blake - The "senior man" most certainly does not "love" the freshman girl since he knows not what love is. Love is not lust, love is not even a feeling, love is giving oneself sacrificially without the requirement of repayment. Love is not a feeling, it is not the butterflies in the stomach, not your heart racing, not feeling flushed in the face, panting hard, desiring sex or wanting to have something that doesn't belong to you. Love says I will do what is good for you no matter if you like me for it or hate me for it. Love protects, nurtures, honors, rejoices in what is good and right and true. Love is the most sincere expression of selfless commitment to Godly goodness and purity, waiting for what is good, being patient for what is best instead of taking shortcuts through broken counterfeits. In fact, we only truly love because God first loved us. God showed us true love in Christ Jesus - God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (the ultimate sacrifice) in order that through relationship with Him we could be made right with the Heavenly Father. May you seek and find the only true love that satisfies and that redeems (Christ Jesus). God bless you.
B. C. - more or less... there is a differance between love and lust
B. C. - plus this Jesus stuff on a teenage girl's facebook page looks creepy Jim (on facebook, each person has the right to allow or ban anyone from posting comments to their posts. The owner of the main post allowed me to post and could ask me to stop at any point, but did not, but in fact said that she liked the comments I posted)
T. A. - ?"Jesus stuff" isnt creepy on a teenage girls page. (T. A. is the post owner)
A. M. - Jesus Stuff? Really B. C. ? :/ (A. M. is a good friend of the post owner)
Jim Blake - Not creepy just honest - promoting what is good and true and right. You will see. Wisdom is vindicated by it's fruit. Jesus is the only way to eternal life. Scoffers will come and go but God's word endures forever. God bless.
B. C. - not the Jesus stuff, the lust stuff. God's word is on paper which doesn't last forever
A. M. - Dude don't say that.
B. C. - No offense you have every right to believe what you want but that's what I believe
T. A. - WOWWWW.. Dude, you need Jesus.
B. C. - Why do people allways say that in America? I can choose what or who I want to believe in. I choose nothing and yet people still try to push there beliefs on me. Not that you r T. A. but a lot of people do. It gets kinda annoying
T. A. - I bet it does get annoying. I'm not trying to convince you, because everyone should believe what they want. I was just saying...
Jim Blake - B. C. , God's word has been written on paper but is eternal, because God is eternal. He is not fading nor is His memory. He doesn't forget His promises, commitments, or covenants. He is not like men and women that lie. He is completely truthful, honest and never sins and He loved you to send Jesus to die on the cross for your sins B. C. , the real truth remains whether you choose to embrace it or not. God bless you in the name is Jesus Christ. May you have eyes to see the way to eternal life and communion with the only true and living God.
B. C. - See what i mean... annoying. Thank you sir, but I thought it through carefully and I made my choice and nothing you say or do can change what I believe, just like nothing I say or do will change what you believe so please stop trying.
A. M. - Im Proud Of You For Sticking Up For Urself B. C.
B. C. - Thanks, I try
Jim Blake - B. C. I encourage you not to close your mind to the truth. Science, anthropology, history, and the creation all testify to the truth that God is real and that the Bible is God's written divine revelation to humanity. I used to believe in evolution. After extensive research I have found that I was sadly mistaken. I pray that you keep seeking. Don't take my word for it, but if you are open pray and ask God this one thing - "God, if you are real, would you help me to see the truth and to know you personally"? I won't comment any more B. C. , but I care about your eternal destination and I care that you are where I was and that you are living in bondage that you don't need to be. Thank you for your time, thank you for reading, and if you are ever interested in digging more and would like to ask any questions, please feel free to message me. I will do my best to answer your questions. God bless you.
So as you can see, many lies and misunderstandings regarding love, abound and this is not only with youth but the general view in adults regarding the nature and definition of love which has been badly distorted by the flesh. It is our responsibility to deliver God's truth on these topics in every forum where we can be heard and to speak where others are afraid of offending friends or family, to embolden them to speak out and to be bold for Christ and so that the truth of God is spread abroad.
We need to get the truth out to the young people before they are devoured by satan's tactics and lies. If we can reach the youth with the truth, we can prevent them from being adults who go on to teach children wrong understandings of love. It matters not if they like us for telling them the truth. It also does not matter if they immediately receive the truth, but the truth is the only thing that saves and sets people free from sin. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. We must preach and leave the results to God, for He is the God of the harvest.