In my last post, In The Beginning, we can begin to understand why we often miss the mark in relationships. We are imperfect and when we connect on any level, it can sometimes lead to less than perfect experiences.
In the beginning, God’s creation including mankind was perfect UNTIL Adam & Eve disobeyed God triggering the consequences of sin upon the earth.
God created us unique with different personalities and the liberty to make choices.
Experiences and worldly influence have a major role in shaping our thoughts, beliefs and behavior.
Though these things have an impact on how we relate to one another, there is one perpetrator at the very core of every relational experience; especially if you are a Believer in Jesus Christ.
He is the enemy and is known to many as the great deceiver – Satan. He was there in the Garden of Eden and is responsible for guilefully tempting the Mother and Father of all mankind into sin.
In the beginning, God created us for relationship. Satan’s relationship with God was severed, so what does he want for revenge – to ultimately destroy our relationship with God and with each other.
He despises love and peace among people, so he uses his cunning and strategic influence to divide and conquer.
He is behind the scenes working diligently to destroy all relationships – marriages, families, friendships, communities and most definitely the church body.
Now let’s be honest. He can only do what we allow him to do. God gives us the ability to choose our behavior; and truthfully, we can mess up royally. Without realizing it, we can be much like a puppet-on-a-string for the enemy. But, we must remember that although he is a master at what he does; he is not THE MASTER and he is not OUR MASTER.
With everything in the mix – sin, human frailty, influence, etc., why wouldn’t we expect to see marriages broken, family & friend fall-outs, murmuring church members, Facebook feuds, communities torn? It has existed from the beginning and it continues today.
But just like any good book, every story has an ending. As Believers, we know the end of the story and that should be our focus. We all share the same battle. We know who our enemy is. We know that in some manner, we all are subject to the sin factor. But we also know, through Christ, God has given us power & authority over the flesh.
So where do we begin? What purposeful steps can we take to improve our relationships?