Selah from Sheila: The way one goes into a relationship is the way one will have to maintain it! Be careful how you enter, who’s order you sit under is who’s character you will become?
Ephesians 5:1-2 (NKJV) 1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
The Apostle Paul encouraged all who heard the Gospel from him to follow the one he came to preach of, and not to follow him. He was so sure of his failures and shortcomings he did not want others’ trust to be in him. He knew he would disappoint them, and then they would fall away from the true relationship they were to have with Christ and Christ alone.
Many times as I speak to people who are in relationships that are detrimental to their livelihood, I ask did God call this union? Whether it is in dating, marriage, business, friendship, God has to be the author of the relationship otherwise; it is going to take everything in you to maintain it. There is a check within your spirit when something is not right, but many times we ignore it because the person is nice, I need a person in my life… and so on. Whatever the reasons, we ignore the check.
Not obeying God in the simple things is how we get into places we wish we had never gone! Disobedience always catches up with the believer. The sad part is, the relationship may have been of God, if He has been the foundation of it and not us. Ask God to be the Lord of all relationships at work, at church, at home, in the passing of a stranger, all of them to be authored by Him.
One may never know when God may form a bond stronger than a blood relative when we allow Him to author our relationships. There is great reward in relationships; there is also great pain sometimes intentional or unintentional. We have to always remember if God is the author of the relationship, He will repair what is broken in His time for His glory.
Proverbs 17:17 (MSG) 17 Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.
Our part is making sure we allow God to heal us in every area of our lives; then we can bring healing to relationships that seem impossible. It is never too late to correct how you went into a relationship when God is doing the repairing. Allow Him to create a life of destiny with relationships which will be eternal for His glory!