Interpersonal relationship

Once some said the only way to defend against betrayal is distrust each other. But God does not call us to live in distrust but to live by faith in God and through His grace we can be victors, and not victims.

The difficulty while relating to others is that some are awkward, some irritating and some downright obnoxious.  However it is interesting to note that the more we relate to other, the more real God become.

If you have been brought up in a house with no doors or windows and a hole in the roof through which to relate to God and one day you hear the voices beyond walls, you will wonder that there is someone like you out there.  Inspired by the voices, when you push down the walls you will stand there now with no walls and no hole in the roof and you will find everything is as wide as horizon.  When you put forward your effort to relate to others, your relationship with God is bigger, grander and greater and you gain a clearer understanding of God.

God is intangible, invisible and inaudible but God is love.  The greatest way God has demonstrated His love for us by sending His son to die for us.  "For God so loved the world that he Gave his only son, so that everyone who believe in him may have eternal life"(Jn 3:16).  God's love is also seen in our love for our brothers and sisters and if one cannot love their brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. 

When we relate to other our relationship with God is widened.  God cannot put a warm hand on you, or to talk to you in an audible voice when you are feeling spiritually low or disconsolate.  But we human being can relate and support each other and can make the invisible God more real to each other.  Relating to others is not a mere duty but a delight.  "No one has ever seen God: but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us" (1 Jn 4:12).

The problem in relationship is not caused the way others treated you but the way you reacted.  The relationship only reveals the problem and you need to consider others more important than us in moving in love to those who even dislike. 

As we come in contact with people we have an opportunity to practice the art of loving.  We are to relate to people, not on the basis of how they relate to us, but on how Jesus relates to us - 'Love one another'. 

"You shall love your neighbour as yourself" (James 2:8).

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