Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Looking for Love? A Spiritual Look at Issues of Interest to Young People

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Looking for Love? A Spiritual Look at Issues of Interest to Young People

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Are you looking for love? Do you think you must be looking for it in the wrong place? Well, I have some good news for you. Love is right where you are.

The Bible reveals that God is Love.

Now, you might say, "That's OK, but I'm looking for the kind of love that walks on two legs." I used to think love could only come to me in the blond- or brown-haired variety. But I found I couldn't escape the ultimate search to discover where love really comes from. People are not the source of the love we seek; God is. But this fact doesn't keep you from having satisfying human relationships; when you're interested in finding them, it helps you. Love - God - is expressed in us, and in good relationships. When I wished I had a boyfriend who really liked me, my mother assured me that God loved me immensely. That He had already made me complete. That I was made in His spiritual image. I didn't really get what this meant. At first, I thought it meant that I would no longer need the friendship of a boyfriend. And I really wanted a boyfriend. So I resisted the thought of being already made complete by God. But later, I started to think about how God always gives only good things. And I began to see how feeling the love of God, and expressing it, is what results in our having good friends - including boyfriends and girlfriends. We all matter a lot to God. For this reason we all actually have what we really need right now. Seeing it this way, I began to feel that God loved me so very much and that He had made me perfect in every way. I started feeling loved meaningfully, already, even before I had a boyfriend to like me! I felt the love that comes directly from God. And having boyfriends was never a problem after that. Understanding that God has made us complete brings wonderful feelings of self-worth that don't waver. It makes it easy to smile at people and to act relaxed and friendly with them. I found I wasn't tense or nervous when some guy would talk to me. I didn't feel unworthy to go up to people and speak to them, either. My dad said he noticed how I had changed, and how much more often the telephone in our house rang for me. …

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