Meridian Star

Religion

February 22, 2014

Relationships require an investment of ourselves

MERIDIAN — I saw this story and laughed, but then the seriousness of it hit me.

    "Power Outage Leads to New Discovery"

    "We had a power outage at our place this morning and my PC, laptop, TV, DVD, iPad and my new surround-sound music system were all shut down.

    Then, I discovered that my iPhone battery was flat and to top it off, it was snowing outside, so I couldn't play golf. I went into the kitchen to make coffee and then I remembered that it also needed power, so I talked with my wife for a few hours. She seems like a nice person."

    Obviously the writer had forgotten why he married her! The point is, technology has given us so many distractions that we don't enter into real meaningful relationships with people as persons.

    Relationships require an investment of ourselves. Relationships, to be

satisfying, also must be mutual: that is, giving and receiving, speaking and listening, loving and being loved. Time together is important. The work that is marriage must include the fun of being married.

    One mistake we easily make is to take the other person for granted,

and assume that their love or loyalty will always be there for us. But what have we sown into the relationship lately?

    Bank accounts run low if no deposits are made. Have you made deposits

into your spouse's life of affection? Appreciation? Gratitude? Honor?

    Marriage is a good illustration of our walk with God. The church is pictured as the bride of Christ. Like a good marriage, being in the community of God's redeemed people is based on sacrificial love.

    Christ Jesus gave His life for us on the cross. Our response should be

to lay down our lives for Him.

    Becoming a child of God brings us into a covenant relationship with Him. In covenant, two become one. This takes yielding up our rights.

    There is no stronger bond than covenant, where the offer to share life is extended to another person in an agreement of lasting peace.

    Try talking to God today. Invest in the relationship. You'll find out that He is a really nice Person!

Ron Wood is a pastor, writer and former Meridianite. He can be reached at wood.stone.ron@gmail.com.

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