Life Is Relational
Written by Dr. Tim Clinton, President of Light University Online
Life is all about relationships—particularly with God and with those we love. You don’t have to go very far in the Bible to be reminded that God desires to be in a relationship with each and every one of us. Even more, the Bible says that He is a pursuer God, and that He works to win our hearts. His desire and His love are for us.
The Apostle Paul knew of the great love of God and concluded that to know Him and be found in Him was the greatest joy in the world. John the beloved—he talked often of the great love of God, “Not that we loved God but that He loved us” (1 John 4:10). The Father expressed His deep love for His Son, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased” (Luke 3:22). Paul said in Romans 8:35, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” It really is a sacred romance. And when a man or woman gets touched by that love, it changes everything.
God placed that same relational impetus in the hearts of men and women. After all of creation was completed, before the fall, God looked around the Garden and realized something wasn’t good. Even though God walked with Adam, He knew that man should not be alone. So out of the rib of Adam he created an ezer, a helpmate, to come alongside and complement Adam. Bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh. God gave him Eve. He designed them for the deepest of all intimacy—united as one flesh. An intimacy signified by innocence, beauty, and freedom. They were naked together and unashamed. There for one another. Safe.
But anything that has that much potential for good has that much potential for hurt. You don’t have to read very far into the next chapter to find that all Hell is against anything God wants to bless. We believe that we are broken in relationship and we’re healed in relationship.
Article courtesy of Light University Online, the #1 Online School for Biblical Counseling, Life Coaching & Crisis Response Training