Relationships, I never took them lightly; Now, I am not sure if I can take them any more seriously. Associations are the difference between life and death. Who wants to LIVE? I do!
Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. Luke 22:3
As a child, it was vital that I believed that my friends cared about my life. As far as I was concerned, family –well– I was stuck with those people, so even if they got shady we would still be connected but friends –well– I could drop them and keep moving. There would always be new friends to meet, right? There are always people looking to laugh and have fun. There are always people looking to connect. Friends are just a hello away… or so I thought.
Without knowing it, I developed a hard-line habit of emotionally and (sometimes) physically detaching at the first hint of me questioning a friendship’s reliability. Rarely would my friends question my change in behavior. This lack of concern confirmed within me my right behavior. Life went on. The cycle continued.
Thank God for growth and grace! As I began to understand me more, I began to understand what kinds of people I wanted to grow with. As such, the more I understood my spiritual gifts and talents, the more I began to understand what kinds of people I needed to grow with. I began to understand the difference and importance in having divine relationships versus those which are also great but are in fact spiritually secular. (Note, sharing the same faith is not the lone criteria.) I needed to find peace and clarity with knowing that there are numerous personalities and people who I can have fun and laugh with, spend time and play with, work and relax with, but divine relationships are appointed to build God’s kingdom and advance His purpose. I needed to commit to live my faith with the people God assigns to sharpen me and I them for His purpose, one greater than us. The more I stand in agreement with this, the more I find myself consciously and continuously praying for clarity and protection regarding these sacred relationships, as well as over myself. Why? Simply put, I believe.
Listen, we pray over people we do not know. We pray over things that are transient. We pray over solutions to problems and for cures to diseases and over prayer lists and over our churches and over our church Family, yet how many of us pray over our divine relationships? How many of us know the differences between divine relationships and secular ones? Note, there are differences.
Satan will try to enter anybody and anything following the Lord, even one of Jesus’ Twelve. Make no mistake about it. He will try to enter me and he will try to enter you. Spiritual warfare is real. We must do better with our journeymates. A temporary distraction can lead to irreversible repair.