John 14:23 ESV – If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
Gen 1:27 KJV – And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
Scripture is punctuated with statements that attest to the fact that we are wired for relationships. We are relational beings. We relate with ourselves, with family, friends, colleagues and God! Yes, God. He’s not just a big man up there directing planet earth with a big wand. He’s not dissociated from His creation. When He made man in His image and likeness, He was not left alone, but in the cool of the day, He walked in the in the garden to talk to man: there was a relationship.
Happiness is found in relationships.
God was in a relationship with man from the beginning. But when man sinned, the relationship was broken and God had since been looking for a way to restore him.
When Jesus came and lived among us, he showed us the keys to a lasting relationship – love, sacrifice, communion – he formed relationships with people, connected to them and changed their lives.
Most importantly, He connected us back to a relationship with God that will last for eternity, where we will worship Him, gaze at His majesty and enjoy His glory forever.
Before then, God wants us to relate with Him so that He can rub off his character on us and change our lives. He can give us the right virtues needed to relate well with family, friends and even people who we do not know, expressing love to them in its purest form and impacting their lives for good.
Have a great weekend,