Posted by: valerieburgess | July 18, 2008

Considering Relationship

   The concept of relationship is so strong, so fundamental, so integral to our understanding of God that the evil one works overtime to break, destroy and even kill our positive perception of it. Relationship began in the Garden of Eden. God created man and woman to walk and talk with Him in the cool of the day. After a days work full of results and overwhelming life issues, God taught us all to relax and relate.

   The serpent tempted Eve to break relationship with God. This breaking of relationship created what we know as evil or sin and resulted in the Fall of Man. What did Adam and Eve fall from? Relationship with God.

   From the beginning of time the Evil one fought to destroy the uniqueness of relationship. The evil one knows that if he breaks or destroys the beauty of relationship in our lives; he destroys our ability to perfectly understand the steadfast, secure, unconditional love that God has for us. Love is created in union, in relationship. The evil one is out to destroy marriages, godly friendships, and any relationship that links you to a higher or more accurate understanding of the love of God.

   But God knew of the evil one’s attempts and pre-destined that we would walk in Christ’s perfect love chasing away fear and giving us an eternal relationship with Him (John 3:16). At the will of Father God, Christ sacrificed His own life on the cross vicariously creating a way to bridge sin’s resultant gap. In an unmatched act of love, God gave his only Son. God initiates the love relationship that sin causes us to run away from and avoid. Hurts keep us from responding, but God’s immutable covenant love patiently waits for us. God desires to heal and make new all our relationships, but especially our identification with Him. 

   The Trinity is fundamental to our understanding of relationship. As persons of the Godhead, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit have relationship with each other. The idea of one God with one nature but three persons in relationship to each other took place before time began, before the beginning of the world and definitively before the Fall of Man. Satan tried to break these relationships by destroying Christ on the cross. The evil one is the enemy of relationships, because they are essential to our Christian walk and reminders of God himself.

   Most news only makes headlines when broken relationships create significant evil. Satan knew this in the garden. It received front page news in the Bible. Not for propaganda purposes, but as a reminder of the essential role relationships play in our understanding of God and our joy-filled life on earth. But God took what Satan intended for evil, the breaking of relationship between God the Father and God the Son and turned it for good. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us giving renew life to the relationship between the Creator and the created.

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