We cannot go through life without good relationships.
- We are born into a family, and our relationship with our parents is our mainstay as we grow from childhood to adulthood.
- Through our formative years we make friends with those we meet at school, or Sunday School, or through our sporting activities.
- We may bond with one or two special friends—and that friendship grows into a relationship that lasts and lasts.
- When we meet Jesus and accept Him as our Lord and Saviour, He calls us His Friends.
And you are my friends if you do what I command you. – John 15:14
But that friendship is only the beginning of building a relationship between us and God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Throughout the New Testament Jesus speaks of a relationship with God—a relationship that we should work at with heart, soul, mind and strength, for it will sustain us throughout the trials and difficulties of life.
He desires that we live just as He does—one with His Father.
I in them and you in me, so that they may be completely one, in order that the world may know that you sent me and that you love them as you love me. – John 17:23
Instead, give yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life, and surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes. – Romans 6:13
Relationship to righteousness!
Only through our relationship with God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit can we grow to be more Christ-like.
That relationship is not instantaneous, for faith, trust and reliance on another takes time to develop and grow. But we can be sure that as we seek God regularly, wanting to know Him in the fullness of His love for us, we grow in purity, truth, honesty and righteousness.
As we accept Christ as our Saviour and allow our nature to be changed; to become dead to self and alive to Christ, so we learn to live more fully in God’s perfect will.
- We surrender ourselves to be used by God for righteous purposes.
- We go forth to do those deeds that God has already prepared for us to do.
- Our relationship with God becomes all-important and we desire to live righteous lives within His will.
- By God’s grace we are one with Christ!
Work at building that precious relationship, hour by hour, day by day and be assured that God is rejoicing that you desire to draw near to know Him as He truly is—a God of Love!