Few subjects in life ignite as much passion and longing within us as our desire for love, our interest in sex, and our hope for genuine, enduring relationships. Regardless of background, race, values, intelligence or experience, we all long to be loved. Every human being on this planet craves to be cherished by someone else. Similarly, the power of sexuality has the ability to draw us like a magnet into the world of relationships.
None of this is any surprise to God. We are wired for relationships by His design. First and foremost, God created us to have our hearts connected to His. Aside from that, one of the most powerful ways that God expresses His love for us is by bringing another person into our lives to connect with spiritually, emotionally and physically.
Love, loss and relationships are a timeless cornerstone of our society. Movies, music, books and even the news media is saturated with it. Romance, matchmaking and sex are at our fingertips quite literally and represent the bulk of the most “clicked on” topics on the Web today.
If all our resources are focused on the pursuit of true love, great sex and meaningful relationships, why are we drifting further from all three?
Research shows that love, family and even sex are more elusive than ever before. Divorce has become the rule versus the exception, and as a result generations of kids struggle to define the missing pieces of relationships and are unable to cultivate families of their own. Sexual dissatisfaction and dysfunction has become the centerpiece of books, talk shows and a booming pharmaceutical industry.
Amidst this backdrop, fewer and fewer relationships stand a chance of lasting. At the root of it is a belief system poisoned by hidden distortions and lies. Without realizing it, we’ve bought into an approach to love that simply doesn’t work.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
The One who created you to be loved and the One who made sex for your enjoyment has an understandable game plan for how relationships can and do work. The One who designed you to love and be loved has also provided specific wisdom and instruction to make that possible in your daily life.
This week we’ll begin the series Love, Sex & Lasting Relationships. In it, we’ll uncover God’s prescription for experiencing true love, maximum sexual satisfaction and relationships that last a lifetime. It’s an ancient approach that still bears a revolutionary spirit.
Whether you’re single or married, happy or searching for hope, your love life can blossom. I invite you to join us and pray that along the way you’ll discover the many ways that God’s path to true love is more fulfilling than we ever imagined.
Keep Pressin’ Ahead,
Teaching Pastor, Living on the Edge
Founder & Teaching Pastor, Living on the Edge
Chip Ingram is the CEO and teaching pastor of Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. A pastor for over thirty years, Chip has a unique ability to communicate truth and challenge people to live out their faith. He is the author of many books, including The Real God, Culture Shock and The Real Heaven. Chip and his wife, Theresa, have four grown children and twelve grandchildren and live in California.More Articles by Chip