• Steven Marsh

It’s All About Relationship: a Reflection on Psalm 47, Psalm 59, Genesis 29:1-20, Romans 14:1-

It’s all about relationship. God is the king of all the earth. That truth cannot be known without being in relationship with the king of the earth. The doctrine of God is incredible. Studying it systematically that is theologically, historically and biblically, is very rewarding. But head knowledge, in and of itself, is not a relationship with the king of the earth. So, I clap my hands, with the psalmist, that I know the LORD most high. He is awesome. God delivers me from my enemies. I proclaim God’s might, steadfast love and how he is my fortress and refuge. I know this because of my relationship with the king of the earth. There was strength in Jacob’s family because of his relationship with God. The doctrine of God is important, but it is not salvific. A relationship with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit is. Paul reminds me not to pass judgment on others, particularly those in the family of faith. I do that often. Doctrine forms the prescription for the glasses I wear. I see things more clearly as I love God and others. Doctrine helps me translate transformative action into a chaotic world. But, doctrine does not save. So, each person will stand before God; on their own. Judgment boils down to relationship. If one is in relationship with God, he will hear the words of God. Whoever keeps God’s words will never see death. It’s all about relationship; with God and others.

Scripture texts are taken from the two-year daily lectionary cycle which follows the liturgical calendar and begins on the First Sunday of Advent.

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