Foundations of a relationship with Christ
Any relationship is like a doorway to the most rewarding moments of your life. They aren’t always easy, and I know it’s easy to mess one up. In order to have a strong relationship there are building blocks that are necessary in order for the relationship to work. God has laid out these building blocks in the words he has breathed to us. In John 13: 34 God commanded us saying, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” God knows that all foundations for a strong, lasting relationship are derived from love.
In 1 Corinthians 13:6 we are told the importance of honesty. Paul wrote, “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” If one of my friends is not honest with me I feel betrayed. The relationship has been strained. I’m not able to trust them. Without honesty there is no trust. Trust is the cultivator of the relationship. The seed of a new relationship is grown into a strong redwood because of trust. When I start a relationship I share my life with a new person. My beliefs are put out there and it leaves me vulnerable. We must trust they won’t judge us but accept us for who we are. If you aren’t able to trust anyone the relationship won’t progress into the strong, stable relationship you want. When I love a person honesty and truth feel like a natural part of the relationship.
Christ is the epitome of love. He shows all the foundations for a relationship as strong as a redwood tree. One of the traits he shows is loyalty. He showed loyalty to the Father even when the Father left him to take on all the sins of the world. Just as Christ shows loyalty we are told to show loyalty in our relationships. Proverbs 17:17a says, “A true friend is always loyal.”
Going through a rough patch in life can seem like the end of the world. Even though it may not be as dramatic as the end of the world, having a shoulder to lean on may be just what you need to get through it. Never give up on a friend. There was a time when one of my friends and I were so dramatically different it was hard to be friends. We stuck through it, and I have grown so much as a person because of her.
Friendship is the heartbeat of our life. God put us on the earth to spread the Gospel, and in order to do that we must make relationships. Everything we do revolves around relationships. Relations with friends, bosses, spouses, leaders, family, and God are all important. The choices we make in them can change our whole life. It is important to understand the foundations that can make or break a relationship to fulfill God’s plan in our life.