Love Forum as the name suggest sounds like a forum where issues and problems related to one’s love life are discussed. But for us as CFCI Youth, the term has a whole new meaning. At first we thought it might be a simple session about love.
Love Forum concentrates along the scripture reading of: 1 Corinthians: 4-7 which states,
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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, and always perseveres.
The general thought amongst us youth was that the forum would revolve around the concept of boy-girlfriend and all that stuff. But I was wrong. There were so many things I needed to learn about loving my parents, siblings, family, friends and community.
I love my parents and family a lot. And I thought this session might not be of much use to me as things at home were pretty fine. But once again I was proved wrong. Love does not mean just being in good terms with someone. It also depends on how you live your life with a person. Love Forum taught me that.
First we learnt how our relation with the most important people in our life- our parents can be improved. It is easy to say “I love my parents”. But do we actually follow it? We were made to think of the times we have hurt them.
“Love is not ill-mannered, selfish or irritable”. We also learnt that if we really feel that are parents have wronged us, we must forgive them. Although we may feel it is really hard, it is our Christian duty to do it.
Our siblings come next. Many a times we tend to take them for granted. We must give importance to them and learn to live in harmony and remain united. We learnt how to forgive our siblings and sacrifice for them. “Love does not keep a record of wrongs.”
The most important thing that I learnt was that Love never fails. My parents and my sister love me immensely and I was made to ponder if I’ve always been true to their love and if I have ever lost hope in the relationship with my family. But I learnt that love never fails and we need to have faith. “Love does not give up and it’s faith, hope and patience never fail”.
A forum was lead by our CFCI Single Kelvin and Tita Debbie and was followed by discussion by Tito Leslie and Tito Michael. We learnt about how we must love our community and our brothers and sisters in CFCI Youth as our own.