Relationship with God
When you made that decision and invited Jesus into your life, it is important to know, did God hear you? Yes. Jesus promised that He would enter our lives, if we. Feb 13, But if we don't center on the Bible where he is speaking authoritatively and infallibly, then our relationship will become distorted by error and sin. Religion cannot restore our relationship with God again. No human ritual, deed, or sacrifice can provide payment or absolution for our sins. Not a single human.
Genuine personal relationship with God must flow over into all of our relationships -- caring for the least, loving our enemies, and showing the fruit of that genuine personal connection.
How could it not? If we really are in a living relationship with Jesus, then won't we come to see people the way he does, and care about the things he cares about? I'll say it again: If we really took the idea of relationship with God seriously, we would also love others.
So rather than focusing on relationship less, I think we should focus more on it. Relationships are at the core of who we are as humans.
Nearly every artistic expression is about relationship, from Shakespearian dramas to the current top 10 music charts: Relationships reflect our deepest human struggles.
Relationship with God
They are the source of our most profound joy and pain -- what we long for most, what keeps us up at night. It is in relationship that we find out who we are as humans, and what matters most in life. We as humans are made for relationship, and outside of relationship cannot be truly ourselves.
We have a relational identity, a social self. As babies we begin life as self-focused and gradually learn to see ourselves as beings in relationship as we learn to love and be loved. That relational love from our parents shapes our self-image, who we are.
Our very identity as humans is found in relationship. This all goes to say that relationship is central to understanding who we are and what life is about.
That's why I think that speaking of having a "personal relationship with God" has the potential to revolutionize and deepen theological reflection, so long as we move beyond cheap slogans and sound bites. Again, the problem is not with speaking in terms of a "relationship with God," but that we do not take it seriously enough. So what might it look like if we did?
What Is Our Relationship to God, and Why Is It Important?
I've written about this in a lot more detail elsewhere, but here are a few of the consequences of what understanding faith through the lens of relationship would entail: It would mean a focus on a loving relationship with God and others, and not a focus on abstract rules or doctrine.
It would mean an experienced faith now, and not just one that looks to a book from the past. Or more precisely, it would look to Scripture not as a set of rules, but as a witness to what the disciples had experienced of God in Christ in order to get a hold of what they had gotten a hold of.
Not a single human being by his own efforts is able to measure up to the glory of God. God desires that we share that splendor, yet our sin prohibits us from experiencing the richness of such a relationship.
What does it mean to have a personal relationship with God?
What God began in the past, He will accomplish and complete in the future. God considers us children of a Heavenly Father 2 Corinthians 6: When redeemed, we are again sealed into a special relationship with God. While sin can enslave us to the point of fear, believers in Jesus are adopted, receiving the same privileges as natural-born.
Christians can approach God through an intimate relationship, even calling Him Father Romans 8: God values us as precious treasures, capable of honoring Him with our bodies and spirits.
Jesus was the only begotten Son of the Father. The relationship the two shared while Jesus was on earth was unparalleled John 1: But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ Our earthly relationships change.
You and I are destined for change. But Jesus is changeless.