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 Reflection

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The Hit List

  • Supplications, Prayers, Intercessions, and Thanksgivings +

    Moses implored the Lord his God, and said, O Lord, turn from yourfierce wrath; change your mind and do not Read More
  • Thanksgiving +

    Why should we give thanks to God? Why should we come to him with our praises,? In the scriptures, there Read More
  • ACTS (Adoration, Contrition/confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) +

    Following this introduction to prayer, there are links to articles involving each of the four types of prayer-adoration, contrition/confession, thanksgiving, Read More
  • Thanksgiving: ACTS, A Blueprint for Prayer by Alex Kirk +

    Alex Kirk of Chatham Community Church discusses Thanksgiving, part 3 of his series on prayer-Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. Read More
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Gems

  • Avoiding Casualties: A sermon by Jim Hugerich +

    Spiritual warfare is something that few Christians, regardless of their denomination, are accustomed to thinking about, let alone engaging in. Read More
  • Does God Control Everything?: Tim Keller sermon +

    Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, has an insightful discussion about free will, pre-destination and God's omnipotence, Read More
  • A Healthy Obsession: a sermon by Jay Thomas +

    Jay Thomas's sermon in November, 2010 at the Chapel Hill Bible Church, "Why Am I So Obsessed with the Gospel?", Read More
  • Just People: a sermon by Francis Chan +

    Francis Chan's sermon at the Reality Church August 22 and 29, 2010. http://realitymessages.com/audio/20100822-Fearless-32kbps.mp3 http://realitymessages.com/audio/20100829-Fearless_Part2-32kbps.mp3 Read More
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