Dr. O.S. Hawkins notes in his great book, The Pastor’s Guide to Leadership and Living the key expressions of our three relationships:
1. “Outward Expressions are the interaction we have at home, the office and in the social arena. To be sure these relationships vary in importance and intensity.
2. Inward Expression is the relationship we have with ourselves.
3. Upward Expression is our relationship with God through faith in Christ.”
The facts are we cannot function fully as humans without all three of these expressions being in proper balance. Over the years in counseling troubled people I found that they were out of balance in at least one of these expressions. It is also apparent that to be out of focus in one expression will cause problems in all other expressions.
When a person is truly out of kilter with God, it is unlikely for true to love to be expressed in any other relationship.
Likewise a terrible expression of relationship in the home will have a negative impact on our prayers as taught by 1Peter 3:7.
Jesus taught us love our neighbor as ourself, therefore this relationship void of Christian love impedes social progress that would glorify Christ.
This impact assessment could be more layered, but I am sure you get the idea. If not take each of the three main points, and with an open Bible search out the myriads of scripture that deal with each area.
Check the Outrageous Forgiveness In 30 Days page on this site for helpful information on the part giving forgiveness plays in lasting relationships.
Copyright © 2012 Larry Lilly