Sometimes the lessons I learn from church are from the people in church.
Today, there was a young couple who sat next to me.
The guy looked about early 30s, was tall and handsome, clad in slick threads, perfectly white shoes and a sharp blazer. He held the hand of a pretty and polished girl – she had a skirt and some makeup on, wore red heels, a red manicure and a shiny ring on her left ring finger. Of course there was a nice diamond.
The reason for describing this couple isn’t to show how attractive they were (but yes, they were), or to make you think about shiny diamonds (contrary to advertising motifs, they DON’T last forever) – but to tell you something else.
The thing that attracted me the most wasn’t how expensive the ring looks, but the way this strapping man held his fiance’s hand. I first looked at him because he was shuai (Mandarin for handsome), but then I was more touched by the little things he did – the way he caressed with affection, the initiative to help her open the small communion plastic cup, the sweetness of small kisses on her head. I liked the way he wore his blazer, but I loved the way he took it off to cover his girlfriend when she was cold.
I think that it’s possible for a man to be soft and still be a strong man – and righteously displayed, these tender actions made him more masculine.
Yes, this couple looked good and they looked good together, but their attraction seemed soulful – more than skin deep.
I’m a little sick of being single and stalking… When will it be my turn?
1 John 3:18
“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. (NIV)”
1 Corinthians 13:5
“Love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep the records of wrongs.”
1 John 4:8
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (NIV)”
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