Meaningful Godly Relationships-Pastor James Njuguna
Relationships are central in our lives. They are the environment within which we mature and become productive.
Relationship is a thing of the heart than the mind; we connect in the heart but we need our brains to relate. We must consciously take time to think about our relationship(s).
Every genuine relationship is God-given for a divine purpose. However, it is our responsibility to initiate, pursue and sustain them through life-giving fellowship.
Fellowship in a relationship is our initiative. The brother/sister you are close or not close to is because you have chosen; it didn’t just happen, you allowed it and continue to do so.
NB. It is possible to have a relationship without fellowship. Ever heard of blood brothers/sisters or even cousins who don’t talk to each other? They have a relationship but no fellowship.
Our relationship with God is seen in how we relate with one another!
1 John n 4:11–12, Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 12, No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us.
1 John 4:19–21, We love him, because he first loved us. 20, If a man says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21, And this commandment have we from him, That he who loves God love his brother also.
Relationships act as a wineskin within which life flows. God in His wisdom has deposited that which you need in another.
Paul the Apostle talks to the Church in Ephesus of “the grace of God given to me for you” (See Ephesians 3:2).
You need people to get to where God has called you; we are interdependent and not independent. Henry Blackaby once said, “The key to success is not method but relationship”. Don’t ignore relationships.
God told Abraham in Genesis 12:2 and 3, “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing: 3, And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
In other words, God was saying; those who associate with you will partake of what I have made you and put in you. This is the principle of blessing through association.
Levels of Relationships
There are different levels of relationships:
1. Casual Relationship
These is just a casual relationship. You are connected but none is really there for each other. There’s no accountability.
There’s no commitment at this level.
The much you have from each other is contact which you use when you need help!
Mindset at this level: How can I benefit from this relationship?
2. Acquaintance Level
You are familiar with each other and have some knowledge of each other.
People at this level work great when faced with a common problem.
Mindset: What can we do together?
-This is an excerpt from a Young Professionals Forum Lesson-