If you look through our movie collection at home, you would find a number of “relationship” movies or what some would disparagingly call “chick flicks” because presumably guys do not have feelings and do not think about such things. But the reality is that relationships are what make our world worthwhile, regardless of whether we are male or female. As God said in Genesis 2:18, “It is not good that man should be alone.” We are inherently social creatures. Certainly, there is a spectrum of human sociability for all of us, from the most introverted person who only has one or two friends or acquaintances to the most gregarious, outgoing person. But it would be a rare find to discover anyone on the planet who has absolutely no connections to people and doesn’t want them. The importance of relationships is critical in the 2000 movie Cast Away, starring Tom Hanks.
If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll remember from the plot that Hanks played a FedEx executive who was stranded on a deserted island following a plane crash. One of the biggest challenges he faced was the overwhelming loneliness of the island. At one point, he even created an imaginary friend named “Wilson” from a ball he found, pretending that the ball was a real person to talk to, as he desperately sought human contact. Relationships are certainly a critical human need. We all desire to love and be loved by others.
Probably the most beautiful words in the Bible concerning love are in 1 Corinthians 13, popularly known as the “love chapter.”
From verses 4-8: “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not [easily] provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails….”
The love that these verses refer to is a completely unselfish love, an Agape Love, a Godly Love. This is love without condition and without demand. This is the kind of love that we should all aspire to, even knowing that, many times, we will fail.
More on this tomorrow.