From celebrity marriages that barely last a month to the fluctuating (but always problematic) rate of teen pregnancy, it's clear that modern society is struggling with the true definition of "love". Many refuse to even believe in its existence. Think about some of the most popular songs on the radio today. What are they about? More than likely, they're about love, specifically lost love or destroyed love. These songs most often mesh sex and love together, blurring the lines between the two until they seem almost synonymous. But they're not, are they? Yet, modern society has brainwashed us, most notably the Millennial Generation, into believing that they are one in the same.
Therein lies the problem. We no longer know what true love is. We treat "love" like a dirty word, belittling it as if it's a disease, treating it as if it's shameful. We have become so focused on denouncing love and criticizing those who profess to have found it, that we've forgotten to focus on what love IS. It's no wonder that my generation, the Millennials, are so disillusioned. How are we expected to know what love is if we've never been taught? We're like blind men stumbling around in the dark, not knowing which way to turn. For example, look at teenage pregnancy. According to the Office of Adolescent Health, 305,420 babies were born to girls between the ages of 15 and 19, with 89% of these births occurring outside of marriage. This was in 2013 alone! And that number doesn't even include the abortions that took place.
Clearly, my generation still believes in love, but hasn't quite figured out the true meaning behind it. We have equated sex with love, thinking that the first will bring us the latter. But that's never the case. More often than not, my generation pays dearly for this mistake. Even marriage doesn't solve this issue. Marriage and love no longer go hand in hand. While the two are by no means synonymous, love is sometimes not even a factor in marriage, though it is vital. Today, many marriages are solely built upon such things as loneliness, the need for financial stability, the need for emotional stability, or even convenience. I'm not saying that the aforementioned items aren't important, but apart from love, they cheapen the value and sanctity of marriage. Just look at the divorce rates! Though not all divorces are due to a lack of love within the marriage, many surprisingly are. People enter into marriage thinking they've got love all figured out, only to realize down the road that they never truly loved the person they married. This may hit close to home for some of you, and I'm deeply saddened if it does.
Some of you may be going through a breakup or a divorce right now, wondering how you even got to this place. Some of you may be blaming yourselves for what happened. If you are, I encourage you to stop. If you earnestly tried to make your relationship work, gave it your all, but just couldn't find the "love" you once had for that person, stop beating yourself up. Stop dwelling on the past and punishing yourself because you think what happened is all your fault. Stop feeling like something's wrong with you because there's nothing wrong with you. There's something severely wrong with our society. Like me, you've probably never been taught what true love is. Like me, you've probably been told, You're too young to understand love. Never say you're in love. Just date around. Your relationships will all end anyway. Why commit? You'll just end up breaking up or getting divorced. You're too naive. You're too young to know what you want. If you've given in to these lies, you're not alone. We've been told by society that love either doesn't exist or been told that it is something that it's not. So how can you blame yourself? How can you give something (e.g. love) to someone if you don't even know what it is? You simply can't.
So what is true love? Does it exist or is all hope lost? I assure you that all hope is not lost. You may have given in to lies before, but you no longer have to. You can be set free. In the pursuit of true love, we often forget about our heavenly Father and His unconditional love. We forget to mirror our love after His. 1 John 4:7-8 says, "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love." As children of the most high God, we are called to accept one another and love just as He loved us. As it says in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8,
"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance ... love will last forever!"Does your love measure up to this standard? I know that mine hasn't always. I'm often guilty of forgetting one or two of these characteristics of love. As a result, my love has sometimes been very conditional. When I first started dating Josh, I thought I knew what love was. I thought I had it all nailed down. However, I quickly realized how wrong I was. My love for Josh didn't always measure up to God's standards. I often demanded my own way or lost faith or came close to giving up. Fortunately, Josh was God's instrument. God used him to show me what true love is all about. He used Josh to show me that love does exist and that it goes beyond any of the lies I've been force-fed by society. What started out as casual dating, turned into something so much more. It became meaningful dating, courtship if you will. And if you haven't found somebody that exemplifies love or if you're still trying to reach God's standard of true love, I encourage you to keep pushing forward. You are a victor, never a victim. Will you listen to God's truth or to the lies of society?
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