Love and Other Stuff
1 – So you wanna date me?
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)
“Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him…So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’” This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.” (Genesis 2:18-25)
- We need relationships.
“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12)
- Relationships are complicated.
> Messes happen when relationships push us away from God.
“But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” (Genesis 2:16-17)
“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil. “The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So, she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.” ” (Genesis 3:4-6)
If you have any kind of relationship that is pushing you away from God, something needs to change or you are heading toward a mess.
> Messes happen when our relationships become our god.
“You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3)
Big Idea: Unless I’m wholeheartedly pursuing a relationship with Christ, all other relationships will be a hopeless attempt to fill that void.