RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS AND GOD
My relationship with others is integrally related with my union and relationship with God. When I exhibit the following listed traits in my interactions with others, I am honoring and valuing those I am connecting with. In this way, I am honoring God too.
How I treat other people matters to God as He sees the intent of my heart and He knows my true motivations, if I am sincere and genuine, or if I am just doing lip service towards others.
“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” 1 John 4:20
Traits that hinder me from being aware of God’s activity and presence in my life:
Lack of Trust in God
Too comfortable with my own life
Resistance to change
The following attitudes and traits become necessary for me to develop in desiring an awareness of God.
1) Purposeful in hearing
2) Attentively listening
5) Submissive heart
6) Ability to receive
7) Abandon my own ways/will
8) Loving response
9) Deep affection
12) Letting go of me
13) Letting go of expectations of God
15) Ability to wait
I practice God’s presence in community when I inhabit the following characteristics in my relationships.
2) Lovingly respond
7) Desiring the best for others
8) Praying for one another
WHEN I AM WEAK, GOD IS STRONG
In our human frailty, we all fail in our relational encounters from time to time. The only way I can be the true woman God has called me to become, is in allowing His Holy Spirit to inhabit my thoughts, mind and soul as an integral part of who I am becoming. It is in relying and depending on the regeneration of the Christ Spirit in me, to be; sincere, kind, understanding, compassion and love.
GOD’S GRACE IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE
The changes in my inner world, that cause me to become more attentive, nearer in being God’s Heart of love, occurs when I learn to step back from reacting in a flesh way and step into the grace provided by God in me to respond in the Christ like manner as His Spirit grants ability.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
It takes intentional practicing of the spiritual disciplines of my faith, in order to maintain an inner attitude required of me as a Godly woman to learn to respond to others in love.
I have been gifted this ability to choose in stopping myself when I feel I will be reacting inappropriately, and then choose to respond in a proper and useful manner. I know this is possible because of the Holy Spirit who gives me His ability in having a sensitivity and awareness when interacting with another.