CHRISTIAN SINGLES ARTICLES BY DR. JIM RIVES
In response to a recent article that I wrote entitled Christian Dating: Are there any differences that Christian singles should consider when dating an older adult (35+)?; about Christian dating at an older age, a single Christian wrote asking me to elaborate on what I meant by “blockages that can negatively affect a person’s life. This is an area that relates to many Christian singles.
Each of us has experienced events in our life that greatly affected us. The positive ones serve as points of encouragement - serving to drive us to reach for a better life. The negative ones, especially those that created strong emotional impact, often are “swallowed” up inside of us, buried because we are either not old enough to deal with processing them or chose to not walk through the pain or growth necessary to arrive at a healthy conclusion.
When these negative events are not processed in a proper way, they too often become so buried within us that we soon grow to no longer recognize that they are influencing our lives. No one likes to feel pain (physical or emotional) and our spirits will go to great lengths to build a protection for us.
While the sources of blockages can be numerous, the results often fall into patterns. Here are some that specifically apply to Christian singles:
1. Repeated cycles of relationships, never quite arriving at fulfillment and choosing to “move on” rather than find out why these Christian singles are not able to build healthy relationships.
2. Compulsive behavior becomes a force within; creating an appetite that must be satisfied (it seems). This behavior is common in addictions such as sex, drugs, eating disorders, credit card debts, etc.
3. A continuous, critical spirit towards others especially Christian singles of the opposite gender. Christian singles who's conversations are filled with criticism and even hatred toward others. This criticism becomes a consuming part of their life, crippling them from being able to have a healthy perspective and driving the very ones they desire away from them.
The list goes on, but these are some to prime your thinking.
What should you do when you find yourself in such a pattern or blockage? My experience in relating to Christian singles has proven over and over again that the services of a Christian counselor should be obtained. Seldom can Christian singles discern the “real” cause of their blockage and develop a healthy resolution to freedom.
Christ came to set us free. John 8:32 states “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
God has provided many sources for Christian singles to find freedom and health. First, He is present in His Spirit to guide you. He has also called counselors and pastors with a passion and training to assist you in finding the freedom and joy you desire and deserve.
While I do not see Satan behind every rock, I do think that this is an area where he is mightily at work. He does not want Christian singles to be free and wants you to be in bondage. He knows that within your bondage you will be more prone to seek his ways, which only lead to deeper cycles of not realizing fulfillment.
Seek out a Christian counselor. If your Pastor or friends cannot recommend one to you in North America, Christian singles can try to locate one at this Christian singles help page. Related Christian articles for singles: Christian singles need not remain loaded down with shame and guilt. Also read: Only God’s Spirit can comfort and guide Christian singles through the difficult times of life. And maybe read: When Christian singles make wise choices for a fresh start, God is faithful to give single Christians what is on their heart. And: Any desperate singles? And: Should single Christians compare themselves to other Christian singles? And: "Single life is not fun for me. How does God expect me to be happy?" And: There are many different types of singles who profess to be "Christians."
In His love,
Note: The answers provided in this site are intended to be as one provided by a minister. It is NOT intended to take the place of a licensed counselor. Dr. Rives encourages all who are seeking to resolve deeply rooted psychological, emotional or behavioral needs to seek the services of a trained and licensed counselor. The answers provided in this web site are intended to be words of encouragement and spiritual guidance as one would obtain from a licensed minister as well as the sharing of Dr Rives personal experience. Articles by Dr. Jim Rives used with permission, copyright © 2001-2009 JacobsMinistry.org Inc. (Arizona Non-Profit Corporation) All rights reserved.