Can you imagine a relationship with this kind of love? As God, He is alive today and wants to put His love in your heart.God simply tells us that His forgiveness and love is ours for the asking. But if we refuse the gift, we are the ones who cut ourselves off from finding true fulfillment, true intimacy and true purpose in life. All we have to do is respond in faith and commitment. Once you accept Him, you will be amazed at what He can do in your life and in your relationships.Each of us has five significant parts in our lives.
Marshall Hodge wrote a book called In it he says, "We long for moments of expressions of love, closeness and tenderness, but frequently, at the critical point, we often draw back. We are afraid of love." Later in the same book Hodge states, "The closer you come to somebody, the greater potential there is for pain." It is the fear of pain that often drives us away from finding true intimacy. But that same wall which keeps people out, keeps us stuck inside. Loneliness sets in and true intimacy and love become impossible.
I was giving a series of lectures at a university in southern Illinois. Love is more than emotions, and it is much more than a good feeling.
So that you catch the full weight of God's definition of love, let me present verses four through seven (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) to you this way. For us to experience this kind of love in relationships we need to first experience God's love for us.
How much would it meet your needs if a person loved you as God says we should be loved: This is how God defines the love He wants us to experience in relationships. You can't consistently demonstrate this kind of love toward someone if you've never experienced being loved in this way.
You'll notice that this kind of love is "other-person" focused. God, who knows you, who knows everything about you, loves you perfectly.
God tells us through the ancient prophet, Jeremiah, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; and I have drawn you unto Myself" (Jeremiah 31:3). God loved us so much that He allowed for Jesus Christ to be crucified (an ancient form of execution) for our sins so that we might be made clean.
All five of these parts are designed to work together in harmony.
In our search for intimacy we want the solution today, or yesterday. It is easier to be physically intimate with someone than to be intimate in any of the other four areas.
In a dating relationship, as you grow together, not only spiritually, but socially, mentally and emotionally, you are able to have an honest, caring and intimate relationship which is fulfilling and exciting!
And when the relationship comes along which culminates in marriage, the sexual union can only enhance the foundation that has been established.
God tells us, "If we confess our sin He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).