Dictionaries definition of relationship:
1: the state of being related or interrelated studied the relationship between the variables
2: the relation connecting or binding participants in a relationship: such as
b: a specific instance or type of kinship
3a: a state of affairs existing between those having relations or dealings had a good relationship with family
b: a romantic or passionate attachment
Sheri's definition of relationship: Giving and receiving between two or more. Sharing honestly with one another, and uplifting each other to be the best they can be.
I can be a bit strange in how I see things, but bear with me here.
I picture my relationship with God to be a bit like new plumbing. You know? New pipes are so great! Water flows so great and is so clean! (Told you I was strange) But think about this: God is the pipe, the water is His Spirit and Jesus is the roto rooter clearing out the pipe so I can have deep relationship with Him. If Jesus didn’t die for me (and all of us), and I wasn’t willing to admit the crud that is clogging that pipe, (You know what I am talking about if you have EVER cleared out your sink trap) the water/relationship couldn’t flow as clean and easy!
When I enter into Heaven one day He will “know” me! It won’t be like it says in scripture: “You said, Lord, Lord, I did this and that and the other for you!” And the Lord says, “I didn’t know you.” I want Him to KNOW me. I want my “pipe” to stay clear!
My job in all of this: Have relationship with God, by allowing myself to be vulnerable and honest with Him. Being thankful, truthful and willing. Speaking out when I fail and allowing Jesus to forgive me, and allowing His Spirit to flow through me unobstructed again. Allows me DEEP relationship with God. I am giving to Him and I am receiving from Him when I do these things.
I also see this concept when relating to those I want relationship with in my life. If I am not vulnerable, honest, thankful, truthful and willing, then something starts to clog the pipes of our relationship making it hard to really connect.
How would you define relationship?