We are created to be in relationship!
From the very beginning, God saw that humankind needed companionship. For Adam, that was found in his wife, Eve. But our desire for relationships extends to every aspect of life. We desire to be in relationship with our family (parents, siblings, and children), with our friends, co-workers, and especially with those in our church (i.e. our
Our earthly relationships are influenced and ordered according to our heavenly relationships, and our earthly relationships are to be a reflection of our
1 John 1:3
1 John 4:19-21
How we perceive and function in our heavenly relationships with God and the Lord Jesus directly affects our manner of living out our earthly relationships. We cannot have a healthy relationship on only one side. How we behave on one side affects the other, and vice versa.
Our relationship with God is the most important relationship.
The foundation of all relationships in life is our relationship with God. The fulness of life and relationships with one another cannot be attained and experienced apart from a vital and healthy relationship with God.
Having our relationship with God as the basis for understanding how to have healthy relationships with others sets a standard that allows us to know why we are to love and treat others with respect, compassion, and grace.