In the pursuit of a life partner, believers often find themselves navigating complex and challenging terrain. To shed light on this journey, the Center for Christ conducted a spiritual enrichment session via Google Meet on Saturday, March 5, 2022. During this session, participants delved into what the Word of God reveals about the desire to seek a partner.
In the quest for a meaningful relationship, every child of God shoulders the profound responsibility of upholding conduct that aligns with the directives of holiness and righteousness as mandated by the Word. The Apostle Paul's guidance in Colossians 3:17 resonates: 'And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.' This underscores that the process of seeking a partner must unequivocally be conducted in the name of Jesus. This means that as a believer seeks a partner, they carry the full weight of the character, authority, majesty, and holiness of the Lord Jesus Himself. This should result in distinct and markedly different dating standards compared to those widely practiced by the world.
In this session, Pastor Roy and Suzanna underscored the principle that a child of God approaches every aspect of life, including dating, with a deliberate and purposeful mindset. While the world often engages in dating driven by lustful desires of the flesh and the allure of the eyes, believers maintain a fundamentally different attitude towards dating. For believers, the primary purpose of dating is always the pursuit of a life partner. It's important to note, however, that this doesn't mean believers must rush into marriage. Instead, dating can be viewed as a process through which believers prepare themselves for a lifelong commitment. During this phase, both the believer and their partner have the opportunity to test themselves against God's spiritual instructions.
Pastor Roy and Suzanna then encouraged the audience to delve into the Word, starting from the book of Genesis, to rediscover the core reason why God created Eve as Adam's holy companion. Genesis 2:18 states, 'And the LORD God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him."' The term 'comparable' is often misunderstood to mean that two individuals are inherently suited for each other. In reality, the word 'comparable,' in its original context, implies the act of swiftly presenting oneself to aid another person in fulfilling tasks assigned by God. Thus, being 'comparable' is not a fixed state but a lifelong journey that demands unconditional love and effort to prioritize the well-being of the other.
In summary, the concept of a soulmate is debunked. God grants each of us the freedom to choose a life partner according to our own will. Nevertheless, God places the responsibility on believers to make wise choices, and He has provided clear instructions on how to build righteous relationships that can bring blessings to every believer.