WEEK 7 : MONDAY

WEEK 7 : MONDAY

Are  You  The  One  For  Me?  
Part  1  

Proverbs  20 : 6Many  claim  to  have  unfailing  love,  but  a  faithful  person  who  can  find?

Jeremiah  17:  9The  heart  is  deceitful  above  all  things  and  beyond  cure.  Who  can  understand  it?

 

The  excitement  of  Valentines
Valentines  is  just  around  the  corner  and  a  lot  of  people  indeed  feel  totally  sentimental  about  the  ‘day  of  hearts’  as  they  say.  Why  is  it  that  we  seem  to  find  this  time  of  the  year  so  special?  Why  are  we  so  moved  when  our  favorite  love  song  is  played  on  the  radio?  I  guess  the  quick  answer  is  because  it’s  natural.  And  I  agree.  As  emotional  beings,  we  are  powerfully  moved  by  feelings  from  within.  And  so  I  believe,  that  all  of  us  will  eventually  have  feelings  of  romantic  love  at  one  point  or  another  in  our  lives.

The  power  of  Love
Love  is  a  very  powerful  thing  indeed.  God,  being  the  source  of  all  love  has  graciously  endowed  us,  creatures  made  in  His  image,  with  this  most  powerful  gift.  Only  through  love  will  our  purpose  of  existence  be  truly  realized.  When  Jesus  said  that  the  greatest  commandment  was  to  love  God  with  all  our  heart,  soul,  mind,  and  strength,  He  fully  understood  that  love  is  the  highest  and  greatest  expression  of  a  person’s  being.  When  love  is  used  in  the  way  God  intended  it  to  be,  the  fullness  of  life’s  meaning  is  realized.    It  is  God  who  placed  within  us  that  capacity  to  love.  In  fact,  that’s  the  second  part  of  the  greatest  command…  to  love  others.  The  Lord  was  saying  that  the  most  natural  next  step  for  a  person,  who  claims  to  love  God,  is  to  love  others.  This  is  the  love  that  sees  families  through  extreme  difficulty.  It’s  the  love  that  keeps  spouses  faithful  to  each  other.  It  is  the  kind  of  love  that  redeems  society  and  ultimately  makes  nations  stronger.

A  love  that  is  higher
How  do  you  know  if  it’s  true  love?  Is  the  person  just  flattering  you  or  is  he  serious,  sincere  and  knows  what  he’s  getting  into?  These  are  real  concerns,  especially  of  the  many  young  women  today.  Is  it  true  love  or  just  infatuation?  What  we  need  is  a  love  that  is  higher.  To  illustrate  my  point  let’s  read  this  note  from  a  young  man  writing  to  his  ‘beloved’.

“Darling:  I  would  climb  the  highest  mountain,  swim  the  widest  stream,  cross  the  burning  desert,  die  at  the  stake  for  you,  and  I  will  do  anything  and  everything  for  you!  P.S.  I  will  see  you  on  Saturday  —  if  it  doesn’t  rain.”


1  1Paul Lee Tan, Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations

A  strong  solid  love  relationship  is  defined  by  commitment  and  sacrifice,  not  just  mere  flattering  words.  And  since  there  is  so  much  talk  about  love  and  finding  our  special  someone,  this  week  we’ll  try  to  ask  some  practical  questions  that  hopefully  will  guide  us  as  we  search  for  God’s  will  with  regard  to  this  most  talked  about  topic  of  finding  a  lifetime  partner.

4  Essential  Questions
Are  we  meant  to  have  a  lifetime  partner?  If  we  are,  when  is  the  right  time  to  have one?  How  do  I  know  if  this  person  IS  the  right  one?  In  the  next  four  days  we’ll  try to  answer  4  essential  questions  that  will  help  us  know  and  discern  God’s  will  regarding  this  issue.  They  are  as  follows:

1. Will  my  relationship  with  this  person  forward  God’s  mission?

2. Is  this  person’s  character  the  kind  I  want  my  children  to  have?

3. Is  our  love  based  on  feelings  alone  or  on  God’s  unending  love?

4. Will  our  relationship  leave  a  legacy  for  God  and  His  church?

The  Divine  Engineer
God  is  the  author  of  love.  Yes,  even  romantic  love.  If  we  want  our  love  relationship to  be  strong  enough  to  stand  the  test  of  time  and  safely  sail  through  life’s  various  storms,  then  we  need  to  consult  the  Divine  Engineer.
In  verse  10  of  Jeremiah  17  this  is  what  God  says,  “I  the  Lord  search  the  heart  and examine  the  mind,  to  reward  each  person  according  to  their  conduct,  according  to  what  their  deeds  deserve.”  He  knows  everything  about  us.  He  sees  where  we  are  and  where  we’re  going.  And  He  is  the  author  of  life,  love,  and  marriage.  Surely  He  knows  what’s  best.  Let’s  listen  to  Him.

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