Consider recent events in China. Here 18,000 people registered for the “Annual Love and Marriage Expo. The goal was to help young people find love. It appears that they have been so busy working to get ahead, many Chinese have no time for a social life. So, they have taken to mass events to try and locate “Miss or Mr. right.”
The issues are significant. If a society fails to create relationships that last, fewer families are formed and the social structure of the people changes. In recent years, there appears to be a marked move away from traditional marriage and family practices and this will have a profound effect on future generations the world over.
What is at stake is more than maintaining a family line. The responsibility of raising children may well be transferred from the family to the state in many societies that are hit hardest by changing values. In China, many believe there are too many men in the nation due to laws related to the number of children a couple could have. Now, there is a shortage of women that makes building future generations more difficult.
In God’s design, marriage is between one woman and one man and lasts a lifetime. Mankind seems bent on making this more difficult. Fewer and fewer people are content to build a life with one person and throw-away relationships have created a whole new level of human misery.
Having been married myself to the same person for more than 32 years, I can tell you that God intends that our relationships be based on giving as well as receiving. The key is to find out what is important to the mate and making that important to you. It always surprises me to discover how much joy I can derive from my wife’s happiness!
If you have battled with loneliness, if you have endured the sting of a broken relationship, you may believe that relationships are not worth the effort. But, the truth is that by following God’s design for marriage and family, we can have very fulfilling lives that bring happiness to everyone involved.
The trick is to create relationships that are built on God’s truth and love. The first step is to discover your own relationship with God and to seek out relationships with others who share your same faith. We are created in God’s image and thrive most when we follow God’s ways!
If you would like to start a relationship with God, there is something you must do. You must talk to God and admit to Him that you have made mistakes. Ask Him for His forgiveness and help. Then accept His offer of salvation through Jesus Christ. It all begins with a simple prayer:
“Dear Jesus, I am sorry for the wrong things I have done. Please forgive me. I need Jesus to be my Savior. I need Your help to start over in my life. Please help me to discover Your ways and follow You. In Jesus’ name. Amen!
- Bill Hennessy