Balancing Relationships

In the beginning of mankind Adam realized that Eve was bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh. She was literally taken out of him. She shared his DNA. It formed a close bond between them. We don’t read of any arguments and they are together when the temptation with the fruit comes. The both share in that temptation, sin and punishment. When they have children, we see their children have competition and approval issues. Something as simple as worshiping God brings about such fierce anger that the first murder occurs. There have been many more murders since then.
One of the primary things about relationship is how we treat each other.  What do we expect in the relationship and is that expectation met? We may be asking more than the other person is willing to give. We may be giving more than the other person even wants. We cannot force someone to be closer than they want to be. Availability may also be constantly adjusted just by the demands of the day.
We don’t have a relationship outside of other influences. Relationships are always about what is going on in our lives and the world around us. We don’t have just one relationship but many that must all weave together. Child, parent, grandparent, employee, friend and Christian may all be relationships we have at the same time. We balance all of those by who is most important and what is needed at the time. None of those gets all the time. Everyone knows that they must share the person to have any relationship at all.
God expects us to put our relationship with him first, but he is not asking for it to be exclusive. We put him first by bringing those other people into the relationship we have with God. We love our spouse and children because we love God first. Our worship to God can include all those other relationships. When we live like God wants all our relationships can blend together in harmony. We look at the world and wonder why so many people have such broken relationships. It is because they didn’t put the right one first and allow all others to balance around that one.
Friday, March 1, 2019

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