Tuesday, April 21st

Tuesday, April 21st

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him” ....  this explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. Genesis 2:18, 24

Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14

Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction? Amos 3:3

A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate. Proverbs 15:17

The key relationship of all of human existence is marriage. From the union of a man and woman come children and the establishing of a family. Families are tiny communities. Families are the building blocks of society and are the basis for how we live in community in the overall sphere of life. God made us for community. We need relationships with other people on many levels but at the same time our relationships with other people bring some of the biggest challenges of life.

Our love relationship with God makes it possible for us to have loving relationships with other people. But it is important to see that it is within the daily experience of our love relationship with God that he also provides guidance for our relationships with people. Through his Word (like above) and his Spirit he guides us in regard to what relationships we should have, what kind of a relationship with should have, what depth the relationship should have, what boundaries the relationship should have, etc. God's plan for some people does not include marriage. God's plan for some people does not include having and raising children. But for all of us, experiencing God's best in relationships is vital. Again, it is through his Word and his Spirit that he guides as we are in the midst of experiencing our love relationship with him on a daily basis. Through the indwelling presence of our loving God, we are guided though all the ins and outs of our various relationships and empowered to love people in ways that really make a difference.

Lord, I recognize that relationships are hard work but I confess that I wish they were easier. Help me not to shy away from the full expediture of myself that is required. However, please show me and help me give myself to my relationships in ways that are truly the product of your guidance and empowering and the outworking of my love relationship with you.

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