Sunday, May 31, 2015

Devotion: A Relationship With God

Do you know that a relationship with God is the most important relationship you can have?  Good relationships do not just happen.  They take time and patience and two people whom truly what to be together.  God has already shown his love for us.

“God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into this wicked world to bring to us eternal life through his death.  In this act we see what real love is: it is not our love for God but his love for us when he sent his Son to satisfy God’s anger against our sins (I John 4:9-10 TLB).

Now we need to show our love for him.  Jesus, when asked which was the greatest commandment in the Law, replied saying,

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:36-38 NIV).

The Bible tells us that our greatest need is a relationship with God.  Our relationship with God should not just be limited to a Sunday event or a Wednesday prayer service.  We were created for so much more.  One of the biggest problems the church faces right now is spiritual boredom, because believers were never made for a program, an institution, or a weekly pew-warming ceremony.  Believers were never made to be satisfied by a three-point outline that contains just enough advice, just enough spiritual food to get through Sunday evening or to the “mid-week hump.”  The human heart was made for passion.  It was created for relationship.  It was designed to experience the fullness of God.  It was created to have a relationship with God.

“We know how much God loves us because we have felt his love and because we believe him when he tells us that he loves us dearly.  God is love, and anyone who lives in love is living with God and God is living in him.  And as we live with Christ, our love grows more perfect and complete; so we will not be ashamed and embarrassed at the day of judgment, but can face him with confidence and joy because he loves us and we love him too.  We need have no fear of someone who loves us perfectly; his perfect love for us eliminates all dread of what he might do to us.  If we are afraid, it is for fear of what he might do to us and shows that we are not fully convinced that he really loves us.  So you see, our love for him comes as a result of his loving us first” (I John 4:16-19 TLB).

We are to trust in the Lord with all our heart (Proverbs 3:5-6), because he knows what he is doing.  When we have a relationship with God, everything else tends to work itself out.  Therefore, do not let anyone or anything get in the way of your relationship with God.  It is the most important relationship you can ever have.

We forever pray that our inspirational message will abundantly bless you, greatly inform you, and that you will be the better for having read it.  If blessed by this message, please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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