Blog based on the Relationships series at Wave Church
Relationships are one of the most important aspects of our lives. With every new person we interact with, good or bad, a new relationship begins. But no matter how many different relationships we have in our lives, none will prove healthy until we have a flourishing relationship with God. Our connection with people will always mirror our connection to our Creator.
Building a relationship with God is like building any other relationship, it takes time and transparency.
Spending time with God
Revelation 3:20 NIV
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Nothing grows a personal connection better than when two people spend time together. When you take time out of your schedule to be with someone, it shows them they are a priority in your life. The more time you spend with a person, the more you get to know them. With God, the same is true, but with added benefits. Because God is your creator, time spent with Him not only gives you a better glimpse of His character, but it gives you a better look into who you are and who you were created to be. Spending time in the presence of God will develop you as a woman of God giving you a greater strength, a better understanding of your purpose and a deeper compassion and love for people.
Psalm 86:15 NIV
But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
There’s nothing that grows a relationship like honest transparency. Being open and real about your feelings with another person creates a sense of vulnerability that will grow into strength within the boundaries of a healthy relationship. The great thing about God – He already knows our inner thoughts, struggles and feelings. He’s just waiting for us to open up to Him, and when we do, we find an intimacy with God like we have never seen before. With transparency we begin to build a profound trust that can never be broken. This in turn will translate into our other relationships by helping us to more easily open up to those who are close to us, thus creating a stronger bond.
God is not all you need but He is where your relationships begin. All of your friendships, your marriage and other relationships should flow out of your relationship with Him.
Isaiah 41:10 NIV
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Ask yourself, where am I weak in my relationships with the people in my life? Once you identify those areas, take them to God. When you spend time with Him in His presence and are honest about those areas, you will find healing and restoration that will make you a healthier person and a better friend.