The Single's Scene

 

Years ago it was the opening day of classes at Palm Beach Atlantic Bible College. Hundreds were gathered and fell silent as the president of the college made his way to the podium. After introducing himself and welcoming folks, he made a most remarkable observation. He ask each of the parents in attendance to turn and look at the person on each side of them.

 

There was a stir and some laughter.

 

Then the speaker made this assessment: "Be sure and be kind to one another today because in about 4 years about half of you will be related!"

 

The audience laughed heartily.

The president of the college was right!

 

In my youth it was often told to me if you want to meet great women, go to church. That counsel was good and proved to be a help. As a youth pastor my counsel to other young men, and young ladies, was to look for mates within the confines of your local church, or church activities. All of my dating as a single man was within the confines of my local church.

 

Does that mean that only good people go to church? No.

Does that mean that no bad people go to church?  

No.

 

Then what's the point? Take a few minutes and look at some scriptures listed. Then we'll pick back up with the message......

 

Romans 16:15-17

1 Corinthians 16:19-21

2 Corinthians 13:11-13

1 Thessalonians 5:25-27

2 Corinthians 12:18-20

Titus 2:6-8

1 Peter 4:11

 

In these passages, and more, we find the description for healthy relationships. To make it overly simplistic, treat one another solely as you would a brother or sister until such time that God might lead other wise.

 

Did you notice the determining factor......that God might lead otherwise.....?

 

While the Body of Christ is an ideal place to meet people, it is not a dating service and should never be treated as such. We are to assemble together weekly to worship. That is to be our sole intent. If our heart is right before God and our fellow brothers and sisters, then God can, and does, lead people to meet and many times they then come to enjoy a life together. But God must lead. And you must be one of those of whom He is leading.

 

This can hardly be done through a internet dating site!

 

Pastor Ray

 

Thought for the Week

Every woman and man is someone's daughter or son.