"Falling in Love with the Prince of Life"
Levels of Relationship
In our own lives we
enter into different levels of relationship with people as we
desire according to the spirit of love and liberty. How close we
draw to another person is up to us and to the person we are
is anxiously waiting for any to turn to Him as much as we choose. He
longs for the deepest relationship possible from us (His first
commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart”,
Mark 12:29, 30). But He will take anything He gets from us.
enter into a personal relationship with God like we do with anyone
else. There are three different levels of relationship, thirty,
sixty or a hundred fold. A thirty fold relationship is an
acquaintance. It’s when we know someone by name only, but have
not learned much more about them. A sixty fold relationship is a
friendship. It’s when we pursue getting to know someone
because we like being with them and have things in common with them.
But a hundred fold relationship is something else. It is a
relationship reserved for one person, for a lover.
hundred fold relationship, in an earthly sense, can only occur
between two adults. They give their all to each other, body and
soul. This happens in a committed, marriage relationship. It is the
one relationship God has designed where the two become one flesh
(I Corinthians 6:16). It is a relationship to be lived for an entire
lifetime and to be shared with no one else. It is a relationship
that reaches into eternity by producing offspring through which a
person lives on, in a sense, through their descendents.
Taken from Falling in Love with the Prince of Life
2009 Michael J. Silberg