For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 KJV
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes jn him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NLT
When you reflect on the phrase, “Nothing lasts forever” what do you immediately think of? I think of relationships; friendships, marriages, dating, and courtships that are easily broken in our society. God intended for us to form strong bonds with one another as opposed to standing alone in life. What is the underlying cause for fractured relationships? The current status quo of “doing what we feel like doing” has undermined the institutions of marriage, family, and friendships.
When we base our decisions on feelings we are certain to experience negative outcomes. Excitement–which is the feeling that a new relationship provides, cannot provide the basis to build a strong foundation between individuals. Certainly there is the realization that it takes time for two or more individuals to form a loving and caring relationship and the ongoing effort for strong emotional bonds to form as they commit to each other forever?
Without being cynical, many thoughts flood my mind; but the main one is that many individuals do not possess the knowledge of how to have a healthy, and thriving relationship. Therefore, the lack of knowledge introduces undesirable elements to promote an unhealthy and unstable relationship with a weak foundation. Even so, the relationship is formed, and the dissolution leaves us fearful, hurt, depressed, bitter, angry and scarred.
As a former psych nurse, I could approach the relationship issue with many analytical theories; however, I am a Believer, so I must approach weak and fractured relationships from a spiritual perspective. Our relationship with others is interdependent upon our spiritual relationship with God. If we have a strong and loving relationship spiritually through faith, trust, and obedience to God then we are equipped to form strong bonds with others.
Obedience to God requires the emptying of one’s self through sacrificial giving-letting go of what we desire. Our desires usually place us in the position of rebelling against God and his plans for our lives. Although we diligently study the Bible and pray, we develop ungodly character traits that coincide with our thought processes, and our lifestyles reflect the partial commitment that we have made to God.
If we have determined to half-heartedly commit to God then we are unable to fully give of ourselves to others. Whether we are employed, unemployed, retired, a stay-at-home parent, wife, husband, or student; our commitment to God places us in the position of always having something to do, and that is to develop a thriving, forever relationship with God and our family of Believers.
Bible Reading: Hebrews 13:1-9
Prayer for today: Dear God, We ask you to forgive us of our sins and shortcomings. We need your help in building forever relationships with you and others. First, we ask you to teach us how to remain committed to you, and secondly how to remain committed to our biological and spiritual families. Secondly, we ask you to make us aware of the ungodly character traits we possess so we may change and possess the Fruit of the Spirit. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019
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