Defining Love

At a Christian university I attended, I was blessed in class during the devotional time one day to hear the testimony of a fellow student who left the homosexual lifestyle by the grace of God. His most powerful remarks challenged the politically correct notion that no one should question the love that same-sex couples may have for each other. You could’ve heard a pin drop as he read God’s definition of love in I Corinthians 13:

4) Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

5) does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;

6) does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;

7) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8a) Love never fails. 

He closed stating emphatically that there is NOTHING resembling true love—God’s definition of love—in the homosexual lifestyle!

And he’s right. Praise God for that testimony! But I’ll preach a step further because in our sex-crazed culture many heterosexual relationships have no idea what true, Biblical, sacrificial love is either. That’s partly why so many families are falling apart. The world needs love; God’s love. And God is calling His people to take a stand and take back and redeem the secular definitions of love, marriage and family for His glory!

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6 comments so far

  1. Neil on

    Well said, and good for him! We need to recapture what Biblical, marital love really looks like and show the world. There is a better way.

  2. JD on

    Wow…so you guys completely disregard all of the science that proves homosexuality is NOT a choice.

    What 17 year old male would want to make his life more difficult by “becoming” a homosexual.
    The way you “Christians” refuse to give into logic almost makes me sick.

    You have ruined the lives of millions of decent Americans who can’t live their life the way any of us (straight people) could.

    And have you ever thought that the Bible could just have been a book written by humans with no intervention from a greater power? I have.

  3. Jay on

    The person who’s testimony I shared would likely say that his life is now much better since leaving the homosexual lifestyle. Afterall, it was the Christian faith that showed him who he really was in Christ.

    I’ve read up on twin studies that researched whether homosexuality is genetic or not. The fascinating thing about identical twins is that they each have the other’s same genetic makeup (obviously) and one would presume that if one twin were homosexual than the other would be also. The twin studies found however, that for every one homosexual twin the other identical twin had only a 25% probability of also being homosexual.

    I am not persuaded yet that someone is necessarily born homosexual. Other environmental factors such as bad home environments, physical and sexual abuse histories and physical or psychological issues often exist. It’s unfortunate that many confused young people are pushed into lifestyle choices by popular secular culture and told they were born homosexual, etc.

    If an engineer designing a house explains that the fireplace is the only safe place to light a wood-burning fire in the home, we all plainly know and understand that starting a wood-burning fire elsewhere in the home would destroy the house. Similarly, if God has created us and loves us enough to show us the best way to live life and explains that marriage between a man and a woman is the only safe place for sexual activity, than we can also plainly understand that sexual activity outside of marriage will have devastating consequences, i.e. STDs, unwanted pregnancies, abortion, broken hearts and families, etc.

    The suffering in the world is a direct result of telling God that we know better. And if we did not have the Word of God to enlighten us (as it has through many centuries), you and I would still be in the Dark Ages. There’s much more to life than serving self.

  4. JD on

    I’m glad that you are not completely driven by blind faith and that you allow yourself to be exposed to scientific literature. I have spoken with many “devout” Christians who never question their church or their faith.

    I have personally been exposed to the Bible and the teachings of Christ through my seven years of Catholic school and I have the outlook that nobody can tell me anything about the afterlife that I don’t know. I don’t see how God could expect a human being who uses rationale and logic (like myself) to believe in the stories of the Bible.

    What seems to really baffle me is the obsession many people have with wanting to know what happens to us after death…sure death is a scary thought and the sound of eternal peace with Jesus in heaven sounds great, but we shouldn’t let that possibilty override logic.

    And logic tells me that nobody chooses to be homosexual. And even if they do, so what?! Don’t cast judgement upon other people because you think you know all the answers.

    Again I am not gay and find the act repulsive, but I am perfectly at peace with letting these human beings be happy with who they are.

  5. Brian on

    “He closed stating emphatically that there is NOTHING resembling true love—God’s definition of love—in the homosexual lifestyle!

    And he’s right. Praise God for that testimony!”

    That literally makes me sick to my stomach. It’s no different that if I said you are incapable of true love as a heterosexual.

    Although I don’t believe those verses are pertaining to romantic love, I see nothing in them that isn’t reflected in my own same-sex relationship.

    Perhaps if you would use your religion to practice the type of love that is endorsed in those verses instead of spreading homophobia, you might see that there are much more important things to worry about than whether two people of the same gender love one another.

  6. Jay on

    “4) Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

    5) does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;

    6) does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;

    7) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

    8a) Love never fails.”

    I happen to believe that God is a God of great, pure love and that He has provided the people who follow Him with certain guidelines and boundaries that come from a place of deep love and concern for us and that protect us and that keep us safe.

    The homosexual lifestyle and the sexual practices therein are clearly outside of God’s design and purpose for human sexuality. And we both actually agree then that true love, God’s love as described above, is wholly unrelated to physical sexual acts. It’s man who has confused sex with love. That is the point of my post.

    And the person I referred to in the post is right about your lifestyle: the homosexual movement openly flaunts and quite literally “parades” itself; seeks to justify itself as an alternative lifestyle despite what God teaches us in His Word; seeks to do evil by luring younger generations into the movement; rejoices in the iniquity of the lifestyle; ignores the devastating truth about the dangerous practices involved; and believes only in the autonomy of an individual to do whatever one pleases regardless of the short-term or long-term consequences.

    How is that love? I love many male friends of mine with God’s kind of love and there is certainly no sex involved.

    And just to clarify misinformation on your blog, gays and lesbians have the right to marry in this country. Any man (gay or straight) can marry any woman (gay or straight) as long as they consent, are of age, and unrelated, etc. What you and your movement seek to do is redefine “marriage” to accomodate your lifestyle. This is completely unnecessary as many legal instruments are available to effect anyone’s wishes regarding distribution of property, etc. in the event of death, etc.

    God has given us limits because He loves us, and I trust that He has our best interest at heart. Don’t ignore God’s truth — what you already know to be true.

    Peace.


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