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Chapter 8 - The most important relationship
If we consider what is most important in life, we might think of wealth, health, family, social position, or our accomplishments. However, we know we came into the world with nothing and we will leave it the same way. We can try to make our life enjoyable and satisfying, but it will finally end. The one possibility we have to secure a life beyond this one is to be born again into the life of Jesus.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. - John 5:24
Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. 1 John 2:24-25
However, a relationship has to be built on the interest of two parties. If only one person has an interest, then there can be no relationship. God has a desire to have a relationship with every person.
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. - 1 Timothy 2:4
God has taken the first step in a relationship with each one of us. It is a step based on love.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8
The objective of this invitation to relationship is reconciliation. God has the desire to have a relationship with us that is similar to the relationship he had with Adam and Even before they sinned.
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:19
However, most people (particularly in the modern age of comforts and advantages) have no belief or interest in God.
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. - Matthew 7:13-14
Even some of those who do show an interest in God accept a presentation of him as a distant or remote character whose anger is only appeased by sacraments or other acts to be willing to accept a person as a Christian. Such people often are crippled in their desire to have a relationship with God because they do not understand Godís desire for them or his love.
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 1 John 3:1
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8:39-39
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