“Can teenagers be in love?”
There are a few questions that make our hearts quake.
Maybe like me, when it’s your child asking, this question is one of them.
When the teens I love have been brave enough to ask about true love, at times I’ve been too afraid to answer.
Fear of the “package deal” causes me to want to skirt the issue of true love. If I tell them “yes” you can experience love when you’re young, where will it lead? What choices might they make because they are in love?
Fear is never from God, so I know my approach has been wrong. God is love (1 John 4:8). We want the young people in our lives to understand God and be drawn to His love, so let’s teach them to understand love.
What is love?
The best place to start is with God’s definition in 1 Corinthians 13. Real love stories played out come next.
Though far from perfect, Jacob showed love for Rachel.
In Genesis 29, his love for Rachel compels him to not talk about love, but show love.
#1 – He serves her.
Before he said anything, Jacob did something. He served Rachel.
#2 – He waited.
In order to marry Rachel, Jacob had to wait … seven years! Because of his great love for her, the waiting was not impossible.
#3 – He didn’t quit.
When making their relationship work became more than difficult, Jacob didn’t quit.
Jacob’s actions toward Rachel line up with God’s definition of true love in 1 Corinthians 13.
So the answer to the question is yes; teenagers can be in love and they’ll know it is love when they are serving, waiting and not quitting on each other.
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