Does your special Valentine hold up to the test? God set before us many guidelines in His Word that will help us establish the foundation for our future. As a college student, you stand at the threshold of your future. Your faith, career and love life will either collide or come together. Make sure all decisions are grounded in Chris.
Many find their spouse during the college years. With classes, career and study consuming so much of your time and thoughts, don’t let the standards of God’s will for your life slip in the “love department!” Emotions come prepackaged with “Love,” so if your expectations and guidelines are not firmly established, they can be either over looked or quickly discarde.
Love is so important! As a child of God, He wants you to understand how to love and be loved! Set your expectations high….by God’s perfect design! The checklist for your Valentine, is found in the book of I Corinthians, the 13th chapter. This is what God says love should be.
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I posses to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
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, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love 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. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain; faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” I COR. 13
Isn’t that beautiful! Do you see how important “Love ” is to God?! And, can you see the importance of dating and marrying a Christian?! It is unfair and not possible for a non-Christian to display or attain these qualities without Christ! Remember, it is not your job to “change” your spouse once you marry them. When you say, “I do,” you are taking them as they are! You should walk away from the altar with plans to grow together, not with plans and hopes to change each other.
God desperately wants you to be loved the way He has designed and established for you to be. Marriage is tough enough when you are both believers! But, at least you have the common ground in Christ, to come back to! You know that you’ll be able to fulfill, enjoy and attain the exceptions of love.
Following God’s plan in the construction process of your “foundation” now, will lead to the enjoyment of a future built on top of a sound structure. Instead of a major project of tearing down and rebuilding later on! This always involves more people and is much more painful and time consuming! So, heed God’s Word and make sure it is it close to your heart and “your Valentine’s heart” this February 14th.
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