Why Relationships are Important

We all have relationships of some sort. Relationships exist on many levels. We have relationships with family, friends, children, parents, spouses. Each of those relationships we treat differently and we cherish in different ways. The Bible is a book full of relationships. Some of those relationships are of great importance, some are just regular relationships, and some are relationships that bring forth salvation. I believe that God establishes relationships for a deeper reason than just simple companionship. He even gave us commands on some of these relationships.

Honor thy mother and thy father
Do not covet thy neighbor's wife
Do not commit adultery, not just in the physical aspect but also in your heart.

The bolded examples are just a few examples of many points in scripture that govern relationships. Read what Jesus prayed prior to His crucifixion in John 17:20-26:

I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, that they may be one as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and that you love them even as you love me.

In this prayer, Jesus is pleading with the Father that He keep the followers of Christ in relationship with each other and with those that are to come after them so that, we now, will believe in Jesus Christ. Although this is Jesus praying from the New Testament, this type of relationship, oneness between God, Jesus and Jesus' believers, is not a new concept. If you think all the way back to Genesis where God created woman for man as a helper. He said that man and woman will come together as one. Isn't that what happens in relationships? If you are friends with someone, what did you know about them prior to them being your friend? What did they know about you? After you became friends and your relationship grew and became stronger, wasn't there now a bond, a form and feeling of oneness? What about relationships with your parents? There is some feeling and establishment of a bond. A bond that brings you close together; knowing each other in ways that a total stranger would not know either of you in. It is the same with your children, isn't it? We have these relationships on all levels. It is not by coincidence that we have them. God is all about relationships. In order to get to heaven, you must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Once you have a relationship with Jesus, you come into relationship with God. Relationships are important.

So God made relationships a means of thriving in life. Let's face it, if you did not have any relationships, you would not be able to survive very long. Why did He set up this network of relationships and allow us to create bonds and have feelings of reliance and dependence on people just to throw death into the mix? Was it to upset us? Was it so that we would be upset when we lost a loved one? On the contrary. I believe we must suffer the loss of these relationships for 2 main reasons.

1. So that we learn that through Jesus, God is the only thing in life that is guaranteed and never leaves.
2. The Christian faith is the only religion that offers a chance to reunite with those who believed and have gone before us as long as we too believe.

God teaches us through relationships to fully trust Him and to rely solely on Him. That is what He wants us to do. People will let us down because everyone fails. God never changes and He never leaves. He is steady and unmovable. He never leaves us nor forsakes us. At some point, when the relationships we have valued most diminish, God is the only stability left to reach for and rely on.

By believing in Jesus, we get to go to a place where we will all reunite and rejoice and bask in God's glory forever. If God can put us in relationship with at least one believer that we hope to see again someday, that may be reason enough for us to come to the decision to give our lives to Him in hopes that we will reunite and be with our loved ones again. God does not want to see anyone lost or left behind. He is a God of love and a God of mercy. He loves us all and wishes to see us all in His presence some day.

When you think of relationships in this manner, I have found that it brings peace in dealing with why we have to lose people we love. Through them, God has rooted faith in our hearts and in our lives. It is His hope that we will grow the seed that He has planted through a relationship we encountered along the way. God bless you!
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