“Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Genesis 2:18
From the beginning, God intended us to be in relationship with others. He said it wasn’t “good” to be alone. He also made man “in the image of God”( Genesis 1:27) and God Himself is a relationship — Father, Son and Spirit. It’s a relationship founded on love according the apostle, John:
“…the Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand.” John 3:35
and producing love, according to Paul:
“…the fruit of the Spirit is love….’ Galatians 5:22
In fact, Scripture tells us that God is not only loving, He is love.
It seems to me that if God is love, and He made us to mirror His image, and He created us to be in relationship with one another — then His desire is that all our relationships be loving! I’m not always a logical thinker, but this is where logic leads me. I guess that means acting in love, even when we don’t feel love. How do we do that? Well…..
“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. ” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
It’s not easy, but I think if we pay attention and keep these verses from Corinthians in mind, we can become more patient, kind, courteous and humble; and those few changes in our behavior will allow God’s love to shine into all our relationships.