Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Meaning of Relationships


Did you ever stop and really think about the significance of being in a relationship?

Oh it could be any kind of relationship. Parent and child. Husband and wife. Friend to friend. Family member to family member. Or even perfect strangers caught in a moment of true companionship.

I was contemplating this thought the other day as I reflect so often on how we can see God in the smallest of things, if we are willing to look.

Normally I make all kinds of references to God when I look at how I interact as a parent with my own kids and see how God views us, but yesterday God took me a bit further to show me why it was not good for the first man and woman to be alone.

To be alone refers to not needing anyone, a sense of independence, a willingness to take care of your own needs and rely on yourself for everything. It's sad that too often we find people who love that lifestyle but how truly lonely is really is inside. Everyone needs a relationship at some point in their life.

Relationships teach us the values and fruits of the Spirit, God created in all of us. Even the meaning behind the husband and wife relationship, teaches us about unconditional love. How far we are willing to serve others or put their needs before our own, or even to have someone to share a memory with. To not be all alone.

Friends to friends offer us new challenges as well. We learn to care for someone else simply because we love like God does not because we are obligated to care or love them. We learn the gifts of kindness and generosity through our friendships with others.

Even the kindness shown to the stranger offers us the true meaning of love deep inside, to give without expecting anything in return, simply for the sake of putting someone else before us for a minute.

In all relationships we have, no matter their significance and if they are blood related or not, God is teaching us what key elements we find in each are also present in the one we have with Him. He is always teaching and always showing us they we need one another much like God desires to have a relationship with us, we are not meant to be all alone. We are meant to have companionship with another.

How do you see God in the relationships you have?

8 comments:

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Great post Kat. You always come up with very interesting facts and how God works into our daily lives.

RCUBEs said...

How often we overlooked those little miracles that He constantly gives. Glory be to God for all types of relationships He blessed us with. Even if it's hurting and suffering, we learn from it as well. We learn to forgive and love unconditionally. By His grace. Take care sister and God bless.

Denise said...

Awesome post.

wendy said...

good post about relationships.
I really do think it is through others that we learn more about God's love.
The more we serve, be empathetic, compassionate, the more humbled it makes us.....I think

Jules said...

Wonderful post!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

So very true, Kat.

Our7isheaven said...

Wonderful!!!

Dena E's Blog said...

May you feel wrapped in the Presence of Jesus as you look to Him~~~Hugs Dena