01 Feb Run to Flourishing Relationship – Feb 15
by Firman Rianto
It is not that difficult to relate to this warning from apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3.
“in the last days … people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, …
As clear as day, relationship is undeniably absent in those people whom apostle Paul described.
In this column the author aims to guide the readers in opposing the masses to a place of flourishing relationship.
This relationship is the quintessence, without which all other relationships one can have is defective. The most important commandment is
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
The way toward restoring relationship with God is spiritual disciplines. Consistent plan of reading Scripture, the Word of God written, is essential. Regular prayer time, like Jesus, God’s begotten Son, has done is paramount.
Apostle Paul wisely written to the husbands,
“He who loves his wife loves himself.”
And to the wives,
“see that [you] respects [your] husband.”
Humility and patience are vital; Strength in times of struggle can only be found in reading the Scripture and prayer time to God the Father, through God the Son, by God the Holy Spirit.
It is fitting to paste Ephesians 6:
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
Fighting to do these two directives is mainly done by meditating on the Scriptures and praying that God would apply these verses to our souls.
Following these three vital ones we look within our work and career, in the church as we seek and serve God together, amongst our extended family & special friends, and lastly for our hobby & interest.