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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Publications

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Relational Music

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Music

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Relational Reflection

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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Shut It Tight, T Bone Burnett +

    I find it hard sometimes to say the way that I feel I do the very things I hate to Read More
  • Home: a video clip of Going Home by Libera +

    What is home? Is it a house or something more? Is home where you grew up, where you live, or Read More
  • The Dynamics of the Spiritual Life +

    Our emotional lives and our spiritual lives have different dynamics. The ups and downs of our emotional life depend a Read More
  • Like Anyone Else: Solomon Burke +

    I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • The Idol of Personal Peace and Affluence +

    Francis Schaeffer discusses modern man’s humanistic thought, and its relationship to the only values that were held: personal peace and Read More
  • The Beginning of PCA: Francis Schaeffer +

    "A Step Forward" [The Presbyterian Journal, 6 March 1974, pages 7-8] Shortly after the formation of the Presbyterian Church in Read More
  • A Change in Our Society: Francis Schaeffer +

    A Christian Manifesto by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer This address was delivered by the late Dr. Schaeffer in 1982 at Read More
  • The Universe and Two Chairs: Francis Schaeffer +

    In the course of this book we have focused attention on the way God looks at the culture of our Read More
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