Don't Settle For Anything Less
Bible Reading: 1 John 4:7-12
Anyone who does not love does not know God—for God is love—1 John 4:8.
Ever heard that old song about infatuation and marriage? The words go something like, “Infatuation and marriage, infatuation and marriage—go together like a horse and carriage.”
If you’re hip to the sounds of golden oldies, right now you’re saying, “It’s not infatuation and marriage, it’s love and marriage.” And you’re correct. But in everyday life, loads of people get the two words mixed up. What’s the difference?
Infatuation has been defined as the emotional impulse of love, untested by time or circumstance. Since infatuation can lead to real love, sometimes it’s tough to tell the difference. The characteristics below, though, highlight the huge difference between infatuation and true love. How does your love measure up?
Up and down emotionally
Breaks up when irritated
Based on my feelings
Expects to find happiness
Asks,"How am I doing?"
Focuses on the other's performance
Idealizes the other person
Grows with time
Does not panic when problems arise
Based on the other's needs
Expects to work at happiness
Asks. "How are you doing?"
Unconditionally accepts the other
Allows the other to relate to others
Realistic about strengths and weaknesses
Works through problems
REFLECT: Are your attitudes toward the opposite sex more like infatuation or like real love?Do those characteristics of true love remind you of someone? They should, because they reflect the characteristics of God’s love for you. You are the object of that selfless, unconditional love every day. And when you start to live out those traits in your relationships, you mirror God’s love.
PRAY: Ask God to help you express his love to others every day.
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