Leading up to Valentines Day, the market research firm Cimigo Vietnam (see earlier post here) did an online survey asking about various aspects of romance and love. One-third of the respondents said that they believed in ‘love at first sight’, while more than half said that such rapid romance wouldn’t last. The respondents were almost evenly divided 50/50 as to the question of whether love was a matter of fate or chance. Most felt that falling in love was most appropriate from 19-22 years age though they felt that a good age for marriage was 26 to 30. Does any of this matter?
More than half of the population of Vietnam currently is under the age of 35. This youthful slant to the population means that a pretty large portion of the population is at that stage of life where they are addressing major life decisions like schooling, career and marriage. How will this young country address these situations? What will be the determining factors in their decisions? Who will teach them about the love of God that transcends all of life? Who will teach them about God who is the source of all love? Who will show them that relationships built on the love of God are the relationships that will last? Please pray with us that the Vietnamese people will know the true love of God through placing their faith in Jesus Christ! Pray that young Vietnamese will base their relationships on God’s love. Pray that the love of Christians in Vietnam will overflow and be a testimony to all around them.
Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God remains in us and His love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:7-12 HCSB