Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- March 25, 2011
“So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” Luke 15:20
Connection is a common craving for those created in the image of God. You were made to connect with Christ, your spouse, your parents and children, friends and those with whom you have daily contact. You also want a connection with the Body of Christ and with your community. Having a connection is critical to relational health. Without it, you feel alone and fearful. There is a much higher probability of mistrust and misunderstanding when there’s no connection. Indeed, you can be disconnected from someone and not realize it has happened.
You may feel like everything is just fine, because on the surface things are running smoothly. But when you take the time to do a relational audit, you may discover that some degree of unintentional disconnection has transpired. Take the time to build back this trust. Do not blame others or ignore its reality. Instead, with a posture of humility and a position of brokenness, extend an apology and accept the love and forgiveness of the offended party. This is the spirit of mature men and women. Relational restoration is the goal of all who are seeking to follow Jesus Christ. You have a ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18).
Moreover, connection with Christ is the noblest need. Trust in Him penetrates your being when you experience a high degree of connectivity to Christ. However, when you experience a divine disconnect, you become prey to Satan’s fearful lies. He seeks to make you a victim of his vicious cycle of cynicism. The enemy exploits relational disconnection with fear, anger, and suspicion. He does this in your marriage and in your working relationships.
However, there is a conduit for connection. Sincere surrender to God Almighty links you with the Lord. He lifts up those bowed in submission to Him, and loves them. The love of God dissolves disconnection and replaces it with connection. When you humbly receive the love of Christ, you connect. When you humbly receive the love of people, you connect. Love leads to connection, because love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).
Furthermore, connection travels on the road of clear communication and care. Communication and care connect by understanding one another. This takes time, unselfishness, and discipline, but this is the high road of extending honor to others. Pray about how to best connect with your spouse, child, or friend. Commit to this over the long haul, and assure them that disconnection is not an option.
Give and receive love and respect, then watch connection progress aggressively. Go often for hugs from your heavenly Father and linger long in the love of the Lord. Connection with Christ sets the table for connection with people. The fruits of connection are peace, assurance, and trust. Stay connected for Christ’s sake. Stay joined to Jehovah, and feast on the fruit of faith.
Taken from the March 27th reading in the 365-day devotional book, Seeking Daily the Heart of God
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