Center Point - Friendships & Dating

Last Sunday we heard from West End Campus Pastor, Mike Abbamonte. If you missed it, you can watch his message here. Mike is single, and he practices what he preaches when it comes to keeping Christ at the center of his relationships. Here's some encouragement from Mike:

"The Lord God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper SUITABLE for him." (Genesis 2:8)

We all want to be with someone. None of us want to go through life without someone by our side. God wants you to be with someone as well, but God doesn't want you to be with just anyone. He wants us to make sure that we find someone that is suitable for us.

We get discouraged when we can't find "the one" for us. We can get so upset that we make it God's fault we can't find the suitable one for us. We have to start training our brain to look at how we're going about choosing the suitable mate - and not point the finger at God.

You may need to ask yourself, "Is there something I need to change in order to find the relationship God has intended for me?" Here are some things we do that can keep us from finding the one suitable for us:

We want a relationship for the wrong reason.
We pick relationships that are toxic to our relationship with Christ.
We think relationships are all about what we get out of them and not what we invest into them.
We don't build friendships.

Remember to SEEK the friendship and FIND the relationship.

We yearn for the relationship we want instead of the relationship we've already been offered. No relationship will ever out weigh, and no person will ever love you more than the God who created you. God would do anything to prove that love.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

Jesus offers us an eternal relationship. Seek that first - before any other relationship. Put that relationship in the center of your life, and that relationship will be at the center of all your other relationships.



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