Love is a precious gift from Jesus. Pure and holy affection is not feeling, but a principle. Those who are actuated by true love are neither unreasonable nor blind. True love is a high and holy principle, different in character from that love which is awakened by impulse, and which suddenly dies when severely tested. Love is plant of heavenly growth, and it must be nourished.
Love is not unreasonable; it is not blind. It is pure and holy. but the passion of the natural heart is another thing. Pure love will take God into all it’s plans; passion will be headstrong, rash, unreasonable and defiant of all restraint. In all the deportment of one who possesses true love, the grace of God will be shown.
Modesty, simplicity, sincerity, morality, and religion will characterize every step toward an alliance in marriage. Love which has no better foundation than mere sensual gratification will be headstrong, blind and uncontrollable. Honor, truth, and every noble, elevated power of the mind are brought under the slavery of passions. The man who is bound in the chains of this infatuation is often deaf to the voice of reason and conscience; neither argument nor entreaty can lead him to see the folly of his course
500 × 313 – IS IT LOVE? or INFATUATION .
True love is not strong. Fiery, impetuous passion. On the contrary, it is calm and deep in it’s nature. It looks beyond mere externals, and is attracted by qualities alone. It is wise and discriminating, and it’s devotion is real abiding. Love is revealed in words and acts. A Christian must have in which there is no impatience of fretfulness.
Imagination, lovesick sentimentalism, should be guarded against as would be the leprosy. Many of the young men and women in this age of the world are lacking in virtue; therefore great caution is needed. Those who have preserved a virtuous character, although they may lack in other desirable qualities, may be of real moral worth. The young are bewitched with the mania for courtship and marriage. Lovesick sentimentalism prevails. Great vigilance and fact are needed to guard the youth from these wrong influences.
Daughters are not taught self control. They are petted, and their pride is fostered. They are allowed to have their own way, until they become headstrong and self willed. Satan is leading them on to be a proverb in the month of unbelievers because of their lack of reserve and womanly modesty. The young boys are likewise left to have their own way. They have scarey entered their teens before they are by the side of little girls accompanying them home and making love to them
Turn your mind away from romantic projects. You mingle with your religion a romantic, sentimentalism, which does not elevate, but only lowers. It is not yourself alone who is affected; others are injured by your example and influence. Day dreaming and romantic castle building have unfitted you for useless. You have lived in an imaginary world; you have been an imaginary Christian.
We are now in your students life; let our mind dwell upon spiritual subjects. Keep all sentimentalism apart from our life. We must give our self- instruction and self- control. Nothing with us is to be considered unimportant which will detract from our highest interest, our efficiency in the preparation to do the work God has assigned us.
We can see that innumerable difficulties meet us at every step. The iniquity that is cherished by young as well as old; the unwise courtship and marriages cannot fail to result in alienation, indulgence of unbridled passions, unfaithfulness of husbands and wives, in ordinate desires, and in indifference to the things of eternal interest. The holiness of the oracles of god is not loved by very many who claim to be Bible Christians. They show by their loose conduct that they prefer a wider scope.
Gird up our mind, not allowing our thoughts to have full scope. The thoughts may be guarded by our own determined efforts. Think right thoughts, and we will perform right actions. Jesus has purchased us with it’s own life; we belong to him. Therefore he is to be consulted in all things.