What’s Commitment Got to Do with It?

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Age Group

Younger Youth

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Intersection for Younger Youth is a complete resource for teaching younger youth. This guide includes teaching procedures and reproducible resource pages. Intersection combines active, creative learning approaches with quality Bible study.

“What’s Commitment Got to Do with It?”

“What’s commitment got to do with it?” is a question on the minds of many young people today. Adolescents are entering a stage in their lives when developing intimate relationships becomes important. It is often difficult to find a good balance between the kind of love we see in contemporary movies and the kind of love required in a committed relationship. This unit focuses on four biblical texts whose teachings help discover some of the truths of love and loving.

In the first session, youth will encounter the love story of Jacob and Rachel as recorded in Genesis 29:15-30. They will discover that, more than a feeling, love is a matter of commitment, going beyond the blissful feeling experienced early in romantic relationships. We can never be fully aware of all we are saying “yes” to when we commit, but we can learn more about the other person and more about love when we are faithful to that commitment through difficult times.

In session two, youth will confront some of their unrealistic expectations for love and romantic relationships. The illusions of young love can sometimes complicate dating, and ultimately marriage relationships thereby making them less fulfilling than expected. Paul’s advice in Romans 12:9-21 can help bring a healthy, sensible balance to romantic love and committed relationships where youth may have unrealistic expectations.

Session three focuses on the myths and misconceptions existing in our society surrounding marriage. Paul gives interesting advice in Ephesians 5:21-33 that is very applicable to the question of how a marriage relationship will affect the life of a young person. Youth will consider what is appropriate to think about and to do during their youth so that they will be better prepared for a relationship of marriage that may occur in their future.

Session four centers on what many call the “love chapter,” 1 Corinthians 13. Paul’s use of the word “agape” applies not only for how we are to love God and others, but how we are to love ourselves. This “agape” love of God is the lasting and complete love we all ultimately seek. Youth will discover a direct correlation between their self-image and their ability to love and be loved–for at the root of all of our loving is how we ourselves feel loved.

by Carlton Allen

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