Is it true love? Take the true love quiz!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
True Love Quiz
Directions: Read each question and answer Yes or No. Give 2 points for every yes answer. Subtract 1 point for each no answer. Add and/ or subtract points to find out if this is true love.
9-12 points = It’s strong like leading to true love!
5-8 points = You need to rethink this relationship.
0-4 points = Definitely not true love. Toxic relationship. Break up now.
Do those quiz questions sound familiar to you? Where is that found? In the love chapter of the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13! You are correct.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthian 13: 4-7 NLT
The true love quiz is just a fun thing to do. It’s not a real quiz that can tell us if we have definitely found true love. However, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 is how Jesus love is for us and how we should truly love others. These scriptures are a guide for how we are to love others. I say guide because we are imperfect people and we may do some of the negative or opposite things of love (I know I have) to our loved ones. When we do those negative things, we need to check ourselves and get back on the right path of true love. We need to stay mindful of how we love others.
Although that quiz is for fun, there is truth in it. If you took the quiz and realized that you answered many no’s, you may be in an unhealthy relationship. A relationship that adds value to our lives, should be positive and life affirming; not negative and draining. A good relationship is healthy, if it’s not healthy than it’s not going the way God created relationships.
Do you want to find true love? Jesus’ love is the ultimate true love. He is ready to fill your heart, body, soul and spirit with his unfailing love. All you need to do is trust and believe that Jesus is Lord. No one can truly love the way Jesus loves us. Thank you, Jesus for your true unfailing love!
Happy Valentine’s day! May you experience the grace, mercy, comfort, peace and ultimate true love of Jesus now and forever. Amen.
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Marriage series pt3: sacrifice
The last of the Marriage Series focuses on sacrifice. When we are truly in love there are sacrifices that we are willing to make. The blog post What Love Is goes into love and its characteristics, listen to that again if you need a reminder.
As I have said before in previous posts; love should never hurt you physically or emotionally. It is not a healthy relationship when one is manipulative, abusive (emotional and physical), selfish, bullies, etc. I pray you don’t even get close to someone like that (see healthy relationship post for more info and free tool). Literally dying because of someone is not the sacrifice you want to make. If you are in a domestic abuse situation, call the National Domestic Violence Helpline now at 1-800-799-7233.
To sum it up, the marriage covenant is very similar to the New Covenant and its Peacemaker, Jesus. Jesus is God’s covenant with us. Jesus is the blood covenant that covers our sins and forgives us, the gate to heaven. (There is so much more on that subject that I would be writing for days! That will be a future post.)
“It puts the law within us, writes it on our hearts
It makes God our God, and us his people.
We will know the Lord – small or great in the eyes of others –
We will know him!
Our iniquities will be forgiven; our sin remembered no more!”1 (see Hebrews 8:10 – 12 NASB).
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Christina Leeman, MPH, CHES
Two Shall Become One
Learn more about the covenant of marriage and God's design for sex. There is more to sex then pleasure, pregnancy and STD's. This is the truth given to you in love, it may sting a little but it will help your quality of life.
Warning: There will be talk about sex, but not in a derogatory way, but in the way God designed it in the context of marriage.
I volunteered and worked at a pregnancy resource center for a total of six years. It was very hard work, yet I loved helping, crying with, praying for, empowering and educating all the various girls, women and men that came to the center. Those who came to the center would bear their hearts to us, we knew more than their families and loved ones at times (there was a strict confidentiality agreement in place as well).
What was so heart breaking was how common it was for these young ladies (ages 13 – 21) who were pregnant or had young children to be sad, depressed or heartbroken because of the baby’s father. The common themes were he was in jail, absent, abusive, sired other children around the same age and/ or not “ready to be married”. These ladies didn’t know those feelings were caused from the bond they made by having sex was broken. Many aren’t taught the truth about sex and its emotional and physical consequences, more than pregnancy and STD’s.
The topic of bonding and pre – marital sex is very lengthy (a whole books worth), so I will talk on one main point to illustrate. The neurochemical Oxytocin is important to bonding and healthy sex. It is found in both sexes but is primarily active in females. Oxytocin is released when there is meaningful or intimate touching with another individual, sexual intercourse and other reasons that are beyond this post. The action of oxytocin for these reasons are bonding and trust in the other person.
When two people touch each other in a warm, meaningful and intimate way oxytocin is released into the woman’s brain. Oxytocin does two things: it increases a woman’s desire for more touch and causes the bonding of the woman to the man she has been spending time in physical contact with. This often leads to sexual intercourse, the most intimate of physical contact. With sexual intercourse, the woman’s brain is flooded with oxytocin, causing her to desire the same type of contact over and over again, producing stronger bonding. This bond is real and cannot be undone without great emotional pain. It causes the brain cells to bind individuals together.
However, Oxytocin doesn’t care about the character of the man a woman is with. It is an automatic chemical process of the brain. It can cause a woman to bond with a man that she knows is not the right man for her, making it harder for her to separate from him.
I am not trying to make anyone feel guilty, I am giving you knowledge to make the right choices for yourself and your future, to live an abundant life. Take your time and wait to have sex until you are married. If you are having sex, stop until you get married. If your man gets mad about it, then maybe he isn’t right one for you.
This also has implications for men as well, but I am focusing on the ladies. There are more consequences that happens emotionally and physically when you have premarital sex, especially when you are under 20. God knows what he is doing!
As stated before: this is very lengthy, and I go very in depth in my book. One of God’s design for sex to be in the context of marriage is bonding. This bond helps to keep the man and woman together in relationship, a long-term connectedness, to raise children together.
Genesis 2:24 (NIV) says, “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” When a Husband and wife have sexual intercourse they become one, a unit, a sense of connectedness, the other part of a covenant. You go through life together working in tandem through problems, good times, sad times and ordinary times. It is a connectedness like no other.
With God in your marriage it will not be easily broken. Keeping a right relationship with God makes your marriage stronger. If you would like to know more about having a relationship with God, please contact me at Christina@SheWhoHonors.com , go to a good Bible based church, talk to a true Christ follower you may know. Next Wednesday will be the third and last part of the marriage series: Sacrifice.
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Christina Leeman MPH, CHES, writer and health educator, emboldens women to be the She Who Honors God with her all - body, thoughts, words, actions.
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