Relationship with God
That they would join those in church history who have gone deepest in their relationship with God! I'll mention John Owen as one example. That's why I think that speaking of having a “personal relationship with God” has the potential to revolutionize and deepen theological reflection. Being close to God is possible. Would you like to draw closer to him? What steps can you take to gain a friendship with God?.
While salvation begins personally and intimately, it cannot end in a myopic self-focused faith. Genuine personal relationship with God must flow over into all of our relationships -- caring for the least, loving our enemies, and showing the fruit of that genuine personal connection. How could it not? If we really are in a living relationship with Jesus, then won't we come to see people the way he does, and care about the things he cares about? I'll say it again: If we really took the idea of relationship with God seriously, we would also love others.
So rather than focusing on relationship less, I think we should focus more on it.
Relationships are at the core of who we are as humans. Nearly every artistic expression is about relationship, from Shakespearian dramas to the current top 10 music charts: Relationships reflect our deepest human struggles. They are the source of our most profound joy and pain -- what we long for most, what keeps us up at night.
It is in relationship that we find out who we are as humans, and what matters most in life. We as humans are made for relationship, and outside of relationship cannot be truly ourselves. We have a relational identity, a social self. As babies we begin life as self-focused and gradually learn to see ourselves as beings in relationship as we learn to love and be loved.
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That relational love from our parents shapes our self-image, who we are. Jesus is the one who loves us enough to give His life for us Romans 5: The Holy Spirit has been given to us as our Counselor. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him.
Jesus said this before He died, and after He died, the Holy Spirit became available to all who earnestly seek to receive Him.
Relationship with God
He is the one who lives in the hearts of believers and never leaves. He counsels us, teaches us truths, and changes our hearts.
Without this divine Holy Spirit, we would not have the ability to fight against evil and temptations.How Do You Know Someone Is "The One"? -- Jefferson Bethke
I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. Fulfilling an office, a task or a role is the opposite of abolishing it.
What does it mean to have a personal relationship with God?
When the president of the United States is inaugurated into his role, he comes to fulfill that role. It would be ridiculous to say he is abolishing it. Similarly, Christ came to preside over the law; enabling His followers to delight in a positive, obedient relationship with His Father.
Does this verse have to mean that the law has ended? How can we possibly have a relationship with Him if we set our hearts to believe His perfect, beneficial law is burdensome or unimportant?
The Bible gives the definition: Sin is lawlessness and consequently is an insurmountable barrier to a godly relationship.