Deep within us, there is a need to love and to be loved. And of course, as cute as puppies and kittens are, the love we usually want the most is human love. We want love from someone we hope to marry and stay married to for life.
But there is a question that often rings in the minds of those that have not found their spouse. “Does God promise us a spouse?”
Rob Eagar, (who ministers to singles throughout the U.S.) claims, “Yes.” He writes:
“The Bible says ‘yes’ by describing Christians as the spiritual bride of Christ. Our true spouse is Jesus. Yet, many of us say, ‘I’m glad to be spiritually married to Christ, but I can’t feel Him. Wouldn’t it be better if I could enjoy God’s love with someone else? I want Jesus with skin on.’ So, we pray for God to bring us an earthly mate” (Rob Eagar, from Growthtrac.com article, “Does God Promise You a Spouse?).
The Need to Be Loved
And that seems to be the way that a majority of singles approach this issue. With that being so, obviously the “search” is on, because “the need to be love and accepted is huge.” Dr Jim Rives puts it this way:
“It is my belief that this is one of the primary forces that God placed into us at our birth. What a wonderful world this would be if every single Christian could find this love and acceptance.
“I realize that I am opening up a huge area when I address this with Christian singles. However, it is something that is very real and cannot be neglected… Are you tempted to take matters into your own hands and find a mate? Has the force to find a mate grown so huge that you are willing to pay any price to find one?” (Dr Jim Rives, from article “Advice for Christian Singles: take on ‘The Biggest Challenge to Face Single Christians'”)
In all honesty, the need to love and be loved can sometimes blind people to overlook important issues that should be taken into consideration, especially when a person begins to find him or herself attracted to someone, thinking it will develop into something more someday.
Consider Some Truths
Sometimes a person can either gloss over, overlook, or even lie to themselves that this person is better for them than they really are. If this is the case, wouldn’t it be good to consider some “truths” that might help to reveal truth and possibly help to avoid an “empty marriage and shattered dreams” in the future?
Author Julie Ferwerda writes on this issue and says,
“I learned some valuable lessons in my singles days. There are many people who call themselves Christians but don’t really live any differently than the rest of the world. When you date one of them, they are good at telling you what you want to hear, instead of being honest and upfront about their intentions and values. Afraid of being alone or not getting what they want (like sex), they pretend to be something they’re not.
“And that is exactly what’s wrong with many “Christian” marriages these days. We don’t take the time to really get to know the people we’re dating, but instead rely on what they tell us about who they are instead of deciding the truth by how they actually live their lives.”
Articles to Read
To help you to better look at your own dating relationships, please click onto the following Crosswalk.com articles to read:
And then click onto the following Crosswalk.com web site link to read something Meg Wilson asks. Are you:
There is a book written by Dr Gary Chapman titled, The Five Love Languages Singles Edition that addresses this issue. In it he writes,
“Clearly, single adults are a very diverse group of people. However, they are still united by those factors that hold all of us together as humans. Everyone wrestles with values, morals, relationships, and meaning. If you are a single adult, just like everyone else, you’re seeking to understand yourself and your place in the world. At the heart of these pursuits is the need as an unmarried person to give and receive emotional love.”
And yet, you want to make sure you’re receiving the right kind of emotional love. We’re talking about the kind that God would agree that it is “good.” To learn more of what Dr Chapman says on this, please read the following linked Crosswalk.com article:
Your God-given Purpose
No matter what, though, keep in mind that it is better to go through life single, than to marry someone who cannot love you and live with you in a way that reflects the heart of Christ.
“‘Your relational status is just another way you go through life fulfilling your God-given purpose,'” Andrea Phillips reasons, likening marriage and singlehood to taking a trip from landlocked Colorado to Hawaii. ‘Too many singles will sit in the airport of life, obsessed with getting on the marriage plane, as if that’s the only way to go. They don’t think about the goal of Hawaii (Heaven) as their purpose in life. They only think about the mode of transport. And sometimes, they’ll get so distraught, they’ll hop on a plane to Fargo just so they can be on a plane, missing their destination altogether.’
“…Phillips says she’s learned that marital status exists simply as another factor with which we need to trust God. Although it can occasionally ‘stink,’ and marriage remains something she’d welcome, she professes a richer faith in the One to whom she already belongs. ‘He strengthens me, and reminds me that his plan is perfect. He wants good things for me, but he’s willing to deny me good things so he might produce other good things in my life …for his glory.” (Tim Laitinen, from Crosswalk.com article, “Hindsight Helps Clarify Marital Status”)
I want to share a portion of what Margaret Feinberg wrote concerning what she learned about love and marriage. She wrote:
“Recently, I enjoyed a fabulous dinner date with a Christian man. The conversation was fun, interesting and enjoyable. After being dropped off, I went on a walk to spend time with the Lord. I heard the quietest voice inside my being whisper, ‘He will never love you as much as I will.’ There is no man will ever fill the void in my heart. No man will ever be able to love me as much as God does —it’s humanly impossible.
“Ephesians 3:17-18 says, ‘And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.‘
“Your true value and identity are found only in God.” (This quote comes from the Growthtrac.com article A Single Woman’s Guide to Guarding Her Heart.)
No One Loves You As Much As God Does
I hope you take the above words to heart, because it applies to you as well. As much as you desire to love and be loved, no one can love you as much as God does. No matter what happens in life and love to you, don’t ever, ever, ever, forget that. The enemy of our faith will try to convince you otherwise, (and some humans may attempt the same deceit). But God loves you in ways that no one else ever could or ever will, as your Heavenly Father.
Cindy Wright of Marriage Missions International wrote this article.
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