Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 13, 2012

Dialogues and Relationships

Philippians 2:1 Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy,

Dialogue is one person speaking to another person and the other person responds. It is two-ways and can include two or more people. The depth of the conversation and the depth of the relationship are inter-related. Marriages cease to exist when either one of the partners ceases to communicate with the other, and the quality of address and response is lost. A living relationship with God disappears when only God speaks and man remains unresponsive. Sometimes our churches are one-sided in their worship – all God to man or all man to God. No mixture or blending of each to each other.

The pharisee’s prayer was one-sided and empty because he “stood and prayed thus with himself….” He was not speaking to God. He expected no response so his self addressed prayer quality kept him separated from God by his self-righteousness.

We teach our children to speak with us. This develops our relationship. As the child grows the communication becomes more and more two-way. It is the same for a child of God. As we grow in God’s love we are able to hear Him better and speak to Him more completely. Our question is, are we willing to be as little children and learn how to have a real conversation with God? What about real conversations with our siblings (other believers)?
God tells us to be one in Him and one in each other. This cannot happen until we learn real, two-way communication. One side feeds and gives power to the other and cycles back and forth.

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