Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Kids in Need of Love, Modeling, and Attention

Young people are adrift in their sexual beliefs, convictions and behavior because they don’t know how to love. Learning to love is not something that happens automatically. We don’t just grow up, reach puberty and find that all of a sudden we know how to love. I’m not talking about sex here; I’m talking about the essence of love—caring, transparency, vulnerability, and intimacy.

Love is not primarily a feeling; love is first and foremost an action. Paul makes that clear in 1 Corinthians 13. Telling someone, “I love you” has no meaning if it is not supported by loving actions. We can’t teach love to our kids. Love is not a lecture class; it’s a lab course. Young people learn to love by seeing love modeled, experiencing love from others, and replicating the example. Love is learned by responding to its expression.

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