The God who said in the garden of Eden that it’s not good for man to be alone, is also the God of the Trinity. God’s plan for mankind was kick started by the beautiful union of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. He then created another relationship-Adam and Eve. This shows us that He is a God who works through relationships. And it is relationships that are the most potent and the most abused domain of the Kingdom of God.
We see from the scripture that on one hand, there was a Jonathan who was willing to lay himself down for David and on the other was a Saul plotting the downfall of David. So how do we choose kingdom relationships?
First of all, we need to look for the Jonathans who are willing to lay themselves down for you to grow in your walk with God. The Bible does talk about giving preference to one another .
Romans 12:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.
Look for people who prefer your progress above all. When we read the story of David & Jonathan, we see an incident where they hug each other and weep (1 Samuel 20:41). Their relationship was more than just acquaintances. It was a covenant relationship. A covenant relationship should not be only ministerial but also personal. Jesus set the example for the same. He was deeply involved in their personal lives. He washed the feet of His disciples and even used His supernatural powers by taking a coin out of a fish’s mouth to feed His companions.
Secondly, we have to come to a point and evaluate ourselves. Ask ourselves, “what’s the basis of my covenant relationships?” Is it gossip, backbiting or slander? You are in for a cycle that spins you round and round but takes you nowhere. Rather, is your covenant relationship rooted in long suffering, sacrifice, service and love? Then you are in for a relationship that will create history.
People often ask me how I manage my professional, personal & ministry life. It is challenging to be an honorable husband, father, cancer researcher, while also being a shepherd and a spiritual father to many. The answer is simple – covenant relationships! I have a team of members who are a laid down bunch of Jonathans around me and my wife, who serve us personally as well as in our ministry, so that we can run the affairs of our home and church smoothly.
Do you want to have such covenant relationships?
Feel free to comment below or email us so we can guide you. To end with let me leave you with this key – “The most successful relationships are formed by the most forgiving people.”