Understanding some of the purposes behind human relationships will go a long way in shaping our expectations.So what are some of the purposes of human relationships?The Bible gives us a picture that includes both spiritual and social functions to our relationships.A myriad of verses we find the Scriptures speaking with clarity about the role relationships play in our lives.In Genesis it says, Then the Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him." As Adam and Eve demonstrate, no matter how many friends we have, in order to fulfill our deep need for love and affection, we need close relationships with others, especially the opposite sex.One of the worst of all human conditions is loneliness.These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement or marriage.
It can be a form of courtship that consists of social activities done by the couple.
Commitment and intentionality are inadvertently being discouraged by increased opportunities to go on group dates and see members of the opposite sex without pursuit.
Another reason people are choosing a life of singleness is because of the difficulty, confusion and frustration that comes with dating.
Foundational to all of these roles, however, is their role as pointer to the gospel.
Ephesians is a simple picture of forgiveness in relationships, but one that serves to point us to the forgiveness we have received from God in Christ.