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Day 7: Relationship with God

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 7, 2011


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The Christian faith is primarily about relationship to and companionship with God. – Fire Bible (commentary on Hebrews 3:12)

Every aspect of God’s revelation to man was about relationship, but it seems at times that we emphasize “rules” e.g. “don’t do this, don’t do that, etc.” Rules do play a role in any good relationship, but the rules don’t define the quality of the relationship.

Think of the rules that govern your relationships. You set boundaries around the times you “drop in” to see a friend. You don’t cheat (I hope) on your spouse because it demonstrates a lack of love.  These rules are important, but they tell you nothing about the quality of the relationship.

Beyond the rules and the trappings of what we call “religion”, God desires more than anything for each of us to enter a real relationship with Him.

Look at what He tells us about Himself in that relationship…

And don’t forget that the core rule given by God to Love him with all your heart, soul and might (Deuteronomy 6:4-5) only works in real relationship because God first demonstrated His love for us by giving his one and only to die in our behalf (Romans 5:28).

If true love exists, the guideline, “don’t cheat on the one you love” doesn’t need to become a rule because you would not even consider it an option.

This is God’s love.  He loves unconditionally, and nothing you can do will sway that love (Romans 8:39)

Religion produces rules designed to sway God to love man.  Relationship starts with God and ends with God. We just happen to be the benefactors if we enter into this relationship.

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