December 15, 2009
Interpersonal Communication and the Scriptures
God gave the Scriptures to us to guide how we live our lives. Because we were created in the image of a highly relational God, the Bible speaks much of interpersonal communication. As the Pharisees were questioning God in Matthew 22 they asked what the greatest commandment was. Jesus replies to then in Matthew 22: 37-40 saying, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” In this passage Jesus reveals the importance of having a solid relationship with God, human beings, and with ourselves.
Relationship with God
Christianity differs from many other religions because of the relationship between God and His followers. Because of this Christianity is often described as a relationship as opposed to a religion. Throughout the Bible God uses metaphors to help describe how close He intends this relationship to be. He refers to Himself as a Father, the Good Shepherd, a Lover, a Provider, or even a Brother. Through the gift of His Son, God gave us the ability to communicate with Him whenever, wherever, or for whatever reason we believe we need to.
The most demonstrative verse to show God’s love in the Bible is John 3:16 it says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Because of God’s great love for us in the gift of His Son as a sacrifice for our sins we now can communicate with Him constantly.
Relationships with others
Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” God created man in His image. This means that God gave us the abilities to love as He loved....
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