This is the second day of Selwyn looking at his eight life conviction: the most important issue in the universe is that of relationships’.
He continues to explore the idea that: “The doctrine of the Trinity establishes the fact that relationship is not simply the essence of God’s Being but the foundation for everything. God’s covernant with Israel … provided for an agreement and a harmonious relationship. And the Son of God was sent to restore humanity to a harmonious relationship.” Â (After the relationship had been broken by man walking away from God’sÂ love and attempting to live an independent life, separate from God.)
In addition, Selwyn reminds us of what sort of relationship we are to have with God: “When Jesus was asked to identify the greatest commandment He selected these two: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Matthew 22:36-39). In other words, loving relationships – love of God and love of others – is what life is all about. Nothing is more important.”
The prayer for today, introduces an important aspect and that is how, by our actions and words do we show our love?
“Father, forgive us, Your Church, that we put our programmes, our schedules, even the size of our congregations, before the quality of our relationships. Help us to see that our greatest calling is to be people who love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
I’m often baffled by the minor arguments (from my point of view) that break out within church congregations over trival matters. It appears to me that some people are still held in bondage by their view of what is the ‘right’ sort of music or ‘right’Â form of litergy. A reliable sign that their faith is still immature is when they get upset when they don’t get their own way over issues, such as seating arrangements or choice of music. TheÂ matters I’m talking about are notÂ about scriptural issues but minor administrative arrangements. Often, there is a battle over, “this is the way we have always done it in the past and we should continue to do it the same, rightÂ way”, verses “our congregation’s makeupÂ has changed and the younger people have been asking if they can have more of ‘xyz'”. Very few times, do you hear someone say; ‘Let’s all pray about this and see if we can all work outÂ where the Holy Spirit would like to lead usÂ on this matter.’
It sometimes appears that weÂ only love our neighbour when he or she is doing what we ‘rightfully’ want them to do – do you agree?