Valentine’s Day: a celebration of love

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 13, 2004

Living Free – Liz Johnson

However, in many households love, true love, is not present. Abusive behavior is mistaken for love. Many times, young females such as those involved in high school dating situations, mistake power and control for love. In these types of relationships, a boyfriend displays jealousy – wants her to spend all of her time with him. He may also tell her what clothes to wear, who she can talk to, who she can be friends with, doesn’t value her opinion, or prevents her from doing things she enjoys doing. These are not healthy relationships. As these women get older and sometimes marry into these unhealthy relationships, they realize that these are power and control issues and not love. These relationships can be very difficult to change. You don’t just wake up one day and find the abuse has ended. Unless there is some type of intervention the abuse continues.

If you live in an abusive relationship, please understand – ABUSE IS NOT LOVE; LOVE IS NOT ABUSE.

The Word of God tells us “love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

I Corinthians 13: 4 – 8

Hope your Valentine’s Day is full of real love. “Happy Valentine’s Day”

Living Free Ministries

Liz Johnson

P. O. Box 2815

Reserve, LA 70084

(985) 652 – 9938