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    The graphic for the Christian Life theme of love. BROOKE WALTON

Love…Not Always Flowers and Boxed Chocolates

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Every year the Christian Life Director Greg Lisson comes up with a theme that transforms the minds of many students and teachers. The 2016-2017 years Christian Life theme is “love”.

When asked why the theme of love was chosen, Lisson said, “It would be kind of cool to take one of the most important things… the most important concepts…and the most important commandment in the Bible and break down what it actually means to love somebody”.

One of the verses that the theme will be focusing on is 1 Corinthians 13: 13. It says, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” This verse should resonate with the Wesleyan community because love really is the greatest of them all. The ability to love is a true test of our faith.

Recent worldwide events have necessitated a discussion for understanding love, Lisson explained in an interview. He first came up with this theme a little over two years ago. He said, “As the news played out over the past couple of months it felt more and more like it was a good topic for us to talk about”. The theme this year will help the Wesleyan community to interpret the events through the lens of Christian love.

To help better understand this new theme of love, Bible teacher Matthew Means was interviewed.

When asked what his thoughts were on the new theme he said, “I was excited. My first initial thought was everybody is a fan of love no matter where you are just about everybody is a fan of the topic love”.

In today’s world there are so many different interpretations on the word love. Most people think of the kind of love that brings butterflies to one`s stomach. One word to describe this kind of love is romance. Whether it is romantic movies or romantic dinners it is not the kind of love expressed in the Bible. A good description of love, like Lisson stated in an interview, is found in Corinthians 13. It explains that love is kind and love is patient. Love does not find pleasure in evil but finds it with the truth.

An important verse that will be used in this month of August is Colossians 3:12-14. This verse explains that love is above everything else. We must forgive like God has forgiven us and then love will come in and bind everything together perfectly.

Like Means explained in an interview, everybody will be a fan of this theme. Most people love the thought of love. This year’s Christian Life Theme will help the Wesleyan community see a different side of love- not the fantasy and the happily ever after love, but real Biblical love that never fails.

This picture resembles the love that is shining through even in the dark places. MONICA TARNAWSKI
This picture resembles the love that is shining through even in the dark places. MONICA TARNAWSKI



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