“And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” (Genesis 2: 18, KJV).
From the very beginning, God had set His creation in such a way to perpetually complement each other thereby ultimately bringing glory to His holy name. God would normally visit man “in the cool of the day” as implied by Genesis 3: 8, KJV. This action by the Sovereign God suggests closeness, intimacy and fellowship.
“The fundamental law of human beings is interdependence. A person is a person through other persons.” ~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Legitimacy of Relationships
God created Adam and subsequently produced for him a complementary partner, one to whom his intellect, limits and feelings could equally be shared. Ever since then, it became clear that people were created as interdependent beings (Genesis 2: 18). This interdependence is a natural occurrence that should always be encouraged.
Need for Human Connection is Innate
Of course, it is must be made absolutely clear that relationships are as vital to living as breathing. God’s intention is for people to be interdependent in order for us to fulfill our purpose. Since relationships are vital to one’s growth, development and stability, care must be taken to ensure they are formed with the right persons and purposes. This is true when one is in search of a spouse, a friend, or a business partner. While the need for relationship is an innate desire, the ability to form healthy relationships is learned (nurtured).
Social Media Relationships Alert
Social media, like every other space, has its own advantages and disadvantages. Relationships formed over these platforms must remain social (friendly). Face to face interactions, therefore, should be a requirement going forward if any other type of relationship is to be forged. The reality is that any other type should be a long-term, trusting relationship. Face to face connections could reveal additional details that may have been skewed by the online platforms.
After all, relationships must have consensual goals and they must be seen as complementary processes between or among persons in order to fulfill those goals. Also, the divine proclamation made by the Lord God in Genesis 2: 18 legitimized the value of relationships. We are interdependent and thereupon rests the question: “Am I my brother’s keeper? (Genesis 4: 9).
Go forth! Endeavour to forge healthy relationships in order to fulfill your God-given purpose.
Presented on occasion of Yeshua’s House Ministry’s Youth Engagement Forum 2020 for the discussion topic: Social Media Relationships, Psychology of Relationships, Purpose-Driven Relationships.
In His Service,
Olando M. Sinclair
National Youth President
The Shiloh Apostolic Church of Jamaica