Tuesday, February 20, 2007

One more reason you shouldn't fall in love...

Last week, we talked about why you should BUILD on love instead of falling in love. James and I were discussing this very topic when he made a brilliant statement. He said, "You know what else? If you don't fall IN love, you can't fall OUT of love." How did I miss that?!

Here are some statistics that might surprise you. The Barna Research group did a study a few years back on divorce, and here is what they found: 11% of the adult population is currently divorced. 25% of adults have had at least one divorce during their lifetime. Between 41-43% of married couples today will eventually get divorced. Surprised yet? If you're not, here is one that I bet will get you...

*Divorce rates among conservative Christians were significently higher ,than for other faith groups, including atheists (people who don't believe God exists)
and agnostics (
people who don't think we will ever know in this life if there is a God or not).*
Talk about a wake-up call! People who don't even believe that God exists are less likely to get divorced than God's children. That's why we have to be especially careful in our romantic relationships. Satan attacks wherever He can, and right now, it appears he is calling for war on the Christian family.
But remember how we talked about building your relationship on God (who is love) instead? Well, in the same way if you can fall OUT of love after you fall IN love, what happens if you build IN love?
Think about the following statements... The house is built out of bricks. The table is built out of marble. The shelves are built out of wood. The relationship is built out of love. Yeah, I saw your lightbulb go off. Mine did too.
Any way you slice it, you get the same result. Whether you build in love, build on love, or build out of love, you get a solid foundation on Christ that lasts and will protect your future marriage from Satan's grasp.
One of my favorite professors advised me, "If you are looking for a mate, stop. Run after God as fast as you can. As you're running, continually look to your left and your right to see who's running beside you. When you find someone who is consistently running your pace, grab their hand, and chase after God together. Nothing can break that stride."
Take a minute and say a prayer for your future husband. You can even write him a letter (which He will LOVE to read someday) about how you are building your relationship on God's love so that the two of you can chase after Christ together.
On your mark....get set....GO! :)
Ephesians 2:19-22
"So then you are no longer strangers and alients, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you are also being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I r=write letters to my future husband all the time...I am going to give the box full of the letters to him as a wedding present! I know I can talk to him even though he isn't in my life yet! It is kinda neat to tell him wht is going on in my life every once in a while!

Esther 4:14b

"And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?"