Whilst thinking about this topic of relationships, I thought what a great God we have to think about placing us within relationships throughout our lives.
As I look back on my life, now, I think of the many different kinds of relationships I found myself in.
Some good and some not so good.
One thing I have learned over the years is that, within any relationship, there has to be respect and give and take.
There has to be a mutual understanding of one another’s needs, and we also need to give each other space.
Throughout the Bible we read of so many different kinds of relationships.
Israel’s relationship with God, David and Jonathan (a beautiful relationship between two friends), Abraham’s relationship with the promised son Isaac after many years of waiting.
There is a beautiful relationship in the Old Testament where Naomi and her two daughter-in-laws are widowed and they have to leave Moab as they are destitute.
Ruth accompanies her, whilst Orpah remains in Moab.
Within this relationship we see the love that Ruth has for her Mother-in-law Naomi and the care that she displays by leaving her Country and Kinsman to look after her.
She put her own needs and grief aside to support Naomi, thus displaying a beautiful act of selfless love.
This example is in contrast to many relationships today.
So many relationships break down.
People are by nature selfish and, quite often, we want our needs met rather than meeting the needs of one another mutually.
Maybe we could learn something from both the examples above and the verse, below.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Colossians 3: 12 – 14 (NIV)
Our Relationship With God
As I thought about this topic, my thoughts were drawn to the beautiful relationship with Jesus and His Father.
Jesus was one with Father God and out of love, respect, and obedience to Him, sacrificed His life for us.
Whilst writing this devotion I thought about my relationship with God, and I was challenged as to how I was progressing.
There is no greater relationship than that between our Heavenly Father and His children.
How much are we willing to sacrifice our lives for the sake of our relationship with Him?