Relationships, A Union Designed By God


Wednesday, February 14, 2018


“Let us make man in our image and in our likeness…” Genesis 1:26

Is there a possibility that there are people who think that ‘relationships’ were birthed in the 21st Century, seeded by the millennial generation and conceived in the womb of social networking? This is by no means a random question.In all seriousness, if we dare to overtly infer outside of a Christ-centered environment, that the Genesis 1:26 scripture reference was where our history of relationships started, we would ignite absurd commentaries and possible backlash for daring to spiritualize such a social subject.

The truth is, relationship is the umbilical connection between God and humanity.And although we will contend with contemporary perspectives on the subject, as God’s people, we should never be intimidated to compromise this biblical truth. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines relationship as “The way in which two or more people or things are connected.” However, in honor of the officially assigned ‘Love Day’ known as Valentine’s Day, let’s keep this subject of relationships in a love partnership context between two people.

Anyone who has ever loved realizes without deliberation, that this powerful energy requires collaboration in order to thrive.We are living in an age where there is little to no significance placed on godly relationships, and ungodly partnerships are glamorized and accepted as normal and appropriate. Should we really expect to see healthy relationships develop in our world today? And can we effectively generate interest in God’s intention for relationships? If we chose to use biblical references as a relevant standard for this subject, we see that behavior reinforces behavior. As Christians, the best examples should be demonstrated in our own relationships, where our attitudes and behaviors should be the same as our Lord Jesus Christ.

Yes, realistically we do not live in a ‘Christian bubble’; we live in a real world!But we can mingle without compromise and successfully ‘live in the world but not be of the world.’ Let’s dare to believe that the world is watching how we relate to each other in and outside of the context of romantic relationships.Is there a way that we can set impressive examples in a carnally ravished society so the world can experience the reality of God’s glory in us? Well, the greatest responsibility is given to those with the greatest authority.If we truly believe that, let’s exercise transparent, non-manipulative God-centered patterns in all of our relationships and not just wait for a designated ‘Love Day’ to make our relationship experiences powerfully memorable.

“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” Ephesians 5:1-2

 

Author: Arlene H.

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