Relational Spirituality

The ultimate good in life is to treat things according to their true value. - Jonathan Edwards

helping_hair_500Thankfully, perhaps the most brilliant facet of God’s love is patience. It is a light that shines through my darkest doubts and blackest, most cynical disbeliefs. He waits for me, his Spirit encourages me, shepherding circumstances that reveal God’s interest in a relationship with me. Once I open myself to his love I become an agent of the most powerful catalyst in the universe.

Most of my personal, intimate relationships are on a fairly equal footing. Engaging in a relationship with God, I soon discover that the proportions are distorted beyond my mental, physical, or spiritual grasp. God’s love defies reason. For example, he offers up a love in the first moment of our relationship that is as expansive as the Milky Way. And each day I can receive a galaxy of love from God.

Here is the thing about a relationship with God—it is more than I bargain for. It is unfathomable. It is unshakeable. In the presence of His complete and perfect love I am humbled by who I am. As I struggle with all that Christ’s life, death, and resurrection mean, I find a deeper affection and a stronger connection in obedience to Him. I move from hungering for more to giving it all away. God’s love is the means that empowers me to see who God is and who I am.

I learn that God’s love is actively engaging me--in every aspect of my life that I share with him. I discover that His love is generous, comforting, and always open to show me the way through any and all experiences. The more I invest of who I am and what I think and do and say in the relationship, the more I know His love. I begin to comprehend the depth of his love in giving his son for you and me. I discover that I experience and know his love for me far deeper and greater the more I share his love with others. As I discover the true value of a relationship with God, I learn to invest all that I am in Him.

Reflections to Consider

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Relational Publications

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Relational Audio & Video

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Music

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Relational Reflection

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Audio & Video

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The Hit List

  • Soul of a Man by Blind Willie Johnson +

    Blind Willie Johnson ask in this song: Who am I? What does it mean to have a relationship with God? Read More
  • Soul Farmers +

    Worshipping God in spirit and truth begins with a willingness to participate with God’s spirit in changing who we are. Read More
  • Companion of the Souls +

    When the two disciples recognised Jesus as he broke the bread for them in their house in Emmaus, he "vanished Read More
  • Give My Soul Rest: the movie Avatar +

    Avatar, the 2009 movie by James Cameron, raised as much discussion and controversy through its piecemeal use of Native American, Read More
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Gems

  • Eat This Book, Eugene Peterson +

    Eugene Peterson’s book, Eat This Book gets its name from Revelation 10:9-10 when John asks for the scroll containing God’s Read More
  • The Eternally Burning Bush +

    And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us, confirming the work that we do. Oh, yes. Read More
  • Revelation Song +

    Revelation Song provides us with a means to do what we are called to do: glorify God. I give thanks Read More
  • Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire +

    It is doubtful if, in 1972, those attending one of Jim Cymbala's worship services in a run-down Brooklyn church imagined Read More
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