He was writing to a church in a pagan, sex-saturated society.
Many in that culture thought that satisfaction in life comes through gratifying sensual lusts.
If you're in humility and I'm in humility, it is impossible for us to not get along. We need to take this back, because our God is the one who thought it all up. Most of what you like about people Pressed in our culture to value physical more than we should. Romantic -- In love, liking someone "like that"Non-Romantic -- Brotherly Love -- Platonic Romantic Singular in nature Dangerous belief that there is only one person you can fall in love with. If I don't think I can be in love with more than one person, I will feel like " You just can't be THIS in love" If you pray that "Thy will be done"... "You don't have to fall out of love" You can choose to start loving the right person.
Church Problems The solution is so simple, it makes you mad!!! Arrogant pride -- thinking highly of yourself Inferiority -- thinking lowly of yourself "It's just STINKIN' pride" "Think with Sober Judgement" Humility -- Correct assessment of self The truth. The smartest thing to happen in history was the Cross. Truth is not defined by love, love is defined by what is true. Satan -- Angel -- Neutered 100% God created sexuality for humans, not satan or angels, so sex isn't sinful in the right context. Attraction Lust Gift Acknowledgement that something is pleasant Sin Selfish choice to desire, want, need, focus on, use to gratify. If I accept that I can fall in love with more than one person, I will be cautious. "Analysis: There are younger and single people out there that are listening.
You can't know God alone; God isn't just known with brain power. You can't follow God unless you actually FOLLOW God! Christianity is BOTH Jewish and Greek Love God with your Mind, Soul, Body and Strength One Extreme: All Logic Another: All Experience 1 John 4:9 -- WE can love because he first loved us. Love God Love Others John 1 Requirement: Love one another. Relationships should be a priority It isn't a priority for our churches, because we make other things priorities Everyone knows Christians fight Everyone knows that Christians don't love one another Everyone knows that relating well isn't a priority for Christians. May all men know by this one thing: (Love one another) that you are my disciples.2.
To know and believe Brain agreement Categorize Experience and Life Integrated 2/3 of Bible is Experience (OT) Western Thinking: I believe in the Great Commission, but I am not doing it. Q: Why does our generation want to wear hats backwards, or colour our hair? Jesus could have thought all these cool things, but if he wasn't crucified, we wouldn't have been saved. 1Corinthians 13: If I don't have love, I have nothing at all. Father, make them ONE, so all will know I am the Savior. Give it 2000 years, we've given everything else that long Maybe Jesus was right.
– short book with good insight, perspective, and practical advice on navigating singleness and relationships Advice for Young Men by John Harris — a brief article that’s challenging and inspiring. “The New Rules for Sex, Love, and Dating” by Andy Stanley – solid series that’s perceptive, profound, and practical.
Also a solid series and a great overview (and very practical) on love, romance, dating, sex, marriage, and family: “The Mingling of Souls” by Matt Chandler.
Countless books and songs are written about it and hundreds of online dating websites and relationship seminars abound - all of which are designed to "help" you find that special someone to love. Could it be that the picture of love we see in today's culture is nothing more than an illusion? In this series, you'll discover God's way for finding love, staying in love, and growing in intimacy for a lifetime.
It's romanticized on TV and in the movies we watch.
A story is told of a woman approaching 35 without a husband.
Late one afternoon she went into the woods to pray for a husband.
Married people have the best dating advice since they have already done it!