Unfailing relationships? A lofty ideal, perhaps. There is however, one most precious of relationships that heal in ways the human spirit testifies through transformed lives.
A relationship in its simplest terms is defined as; ways in which two people are connected; an alliance, a bond, or association, with those in mind…
There are wonderful blessings, health benefits associated with lasting relationships, there are some very alarming, and unhealthier issues that stem from some relationships too as we examine ourselves and the sin nature we are all born with.
Statistics are often times, disturbingly revealing when it comes to broken relationships, abuse, divorce, adultery etc. No doubt, there is pain associated with most relationships and if we’re being honest, the sin of pride is truly at the core of that breakdown as I have come to acknowledge in my own life. I was once a part of those negative statistics myself until I surrendered my will for the Lord’s and thus, the Holy Spirit transformed my hard heart and made me whole. As I grow up in the faith cultivating evidences of spiritual fruit, cultivating lasting mutual love and understanding in my relationships require a renewed mind, pure motives, selflessness, and tons of forgiveness. Therefore, let us be willing to set aside our control, sinful inclinations of the past and humble ourselves seeking God’s word to show us the way for it teaches the following;
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). God became a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ to take on our sin, be killed, and then be raised to life again, proving His victory over sin and death. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
If we accept this gift, we have become acceptable to God and can have a prayerful personal relationship with Him. That’s the beginning of our own personal freedom and healing if you will believe. As we become new creations, His Spirit shines light into our relationships with others.
From the testimony Jesus began in my life nearly 10 years ago, which is now His story, it is through this faith in Christ that I hold firm to these truths today looking to the source of all love indeed, the Creator Himself, the Triune God, Jesus Christ.
Alas, there is this amazingly passionate verse that sums up what love actually is, behaves like, that would encourage us to live it out as we are graciously given another day to cultivate and mend our relationship with God and each other:
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails.
For personal examination, put your name in place of the words ‘love and it.’ How’d you do?
We may fall short of this test, but Christ has never failed not once. He is our Rock, our Savior, our example. He has given us victory over sin and has been pursuing our hearts from the beginning. All is possible with Him!
It’s a daily decision for all of us. Biblical love never fails.
Let us begin again.