“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course for your life.”
As this new year begins, I have decided that I am ready to get out there and date. Yes, I am not ashamed to say it and no, this is not an invitation for any guys who may be reading this to leave your number in the comment section. 😉
It’s okay to want to be in a relationship. It’s how God created us; “God said, It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” We just need to remember that our most important relationship is first with Him.
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ (Matthew 22:37)
LET’S GET IT RIGHT:
- We think that Love is primarily for the fulfillment and comfort of self, but Christ taught that Love is for the good of others and the glory of God.
The greatest love you can show is to give your life for your friends. (John 15:13)
- We think that Love is a feeling, but Christ taught that Love is not measured by feeling. Love is an action.
If you love me, you will obey what I command. (John 14:15)
- We think that Love is uncontrollable, but Christ taught that Love is under our control.
This is my command: Love each other. (John 15:17)
God also describes the the love that we should have for each other using terms like this: committed, sincere, selfless, and responsible.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (I Corinthians 13:4-7)
And as Christians, the type of people we should date….
Stop forming inappropriate relationships with unbelievers. Can right and wrong be partners? Can light have anything in common with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)
So set the bar high; you are a precious person….”do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet…” (Matthew 7:6). Don’t make decisions based on external appearances alone, but be patient and see the character that they display. This may take some time but if you are faithful, God will bring you a wonderful person.
While there is always risk when it comes to relationships, God gave us these guidelines to reduce this risk. While love is a beautiful thing, the breaking off of relationships is hard. There is a reason they call it a “broken heart.”