There is no greater or more valuable relationship than our relationship with the Lord. He alone can give our lives true meaning as He fills our life with hope, peace, and the wonderful knowledge that He has provided His true children with
forgiveness. God is our Father and He knows what is best for us. Without the Lord, we can't make wise decisions and so this is why God wants us to commit fully to Him so that He is wisely guiding over our lives. This is why God tells us that He needs to be
everything in our lives which is evidenced when we love Him with a pure, trusting, childlike love that surrenders our whole lives to His care. This is the type of love that loves the Lord with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength so that He is in control
over our lives instead of us!
If God truly is at the center of our life then we don't have to worry about finding a partner in our lives. The Lord teaches that we are already married to Him in the deepest, most intimate relationship
imaginable. It is such an intimate relationship that the Lord refers to Himself as the "Bridegroom", and His followers as His "Bride". Some people get so stressed and worried about not finding a person to share their lives with, but God does not
want us to focus on finding a mate. (1 Cor. 7:27) It is good to pray about this matter and leave it with the Lord, but we should not fret and get upset if we are single. In fact, the Apostle Paul recommended for the unmarried that it would be good for
them to remain unmarried just as he was not married if that was possible for them. (1 Cor. 7:7-9) To remain unmarried can often times give people more opportunity to focus more intently on the things of God which are concerns that are far superior to any other
endeavor in life. We may then have more time to devote to extremely important matters such as sharing the gospel with the world and helping people in need.
However, it is definitely not a sin to marry (1 Cor. 7:28), and in many
people's lives marriage has been a truly wonderful gift from God. We are warned in the Bible not to make hasty, wrong judgments about this important matter, however, for otherwise, we could end up in a relationship with a person who does not even have a committed
relationship with God. This could lead to many difficult situations for as the Bible tells us "what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?" In 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 it warns us:
"Do not be bound together with unbelievers;
for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has the light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we
are the temple of the living God..."
As we can see from these verses, God does not want us to bond closely with anyone who is not a strong follower of the Lord and especially when it comes to a potential marriage partner. We must also be very careful
of those who claim to be Christians verbally but who may not be living as a true follower of Christ. For wise discernment in this area, please check out the following article: Testimonies = FRUIT! Also, beware of people who are deeply religious but have unfortunately fallen into a false religion or cult type belief. For better discernment in this area please check out the following
articles: False Teachers List and Cult Characteristics. We have to be extra vigilant and discerning about false religions especially since they are so rampant in our day.