As Christians, We Have a Personal Relationship With God.
What does this mean?
God created us in His image, loves us and wants to have a personal relationship with us. So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. ~ Genesis 1:27
Your loving-kindness, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness reaches to the skies. ~ Psalm 36:5
Why is it that so many do not have a loving relationship with God?
Because of our sinful human nature, we are alienated from God and a personal relationship with Him. What can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse; for though they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him. ~ Romans 1:19-21
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. ~ Romans 3:23
What can we do about it? Nothing! But …
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him (Jesus) should have eternal life. ~ John 3:16
But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5:8
As with any gift, we must receive it.
Forgiveness of our sins and receiving a new life are free gifts of God given to us when we welcome Jesus rather than reject or ignore Him; and when we take God at His Word, trust Jesus, and individually accept His gifts to us.
But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. ~ John 1:12-13
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 3:23
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. ~ Ephesians 2:8
Talk to God in Prayer. Prayer is Just Talking to God. Acknowledge that you are alienated from God and are not the person He created or the kind of person He intends you to be or experience the abundant life He desires for you to have. ~ Genesis 3:8; Romans 3:23
Thank God for your wonderful new life in a relationship with in Him. ~ II Corinthians 5:17
God—who does not lie—tells us so in the Bible which is His trustworthy Word to us. Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. ~ Revelation 3:20
- Read the Bible as God’s love letter to you. Find a version of the Bible that is easy for you to understand and read daily what God has to say to you—John’s gospel is a great place to start.
- Talk to God regularly and often. Prayer is a conversation with God. Nothing you have to say to Him is too small or too big for God. Just share what’s on your heart and mind—in your own words.
- Let someone know about your new relationship with Christ. Talk with a pastor or Christian friend. They will help you learn about your relationship with God. Telling someone else about the One who you love and who loves you will deepen your love for Him – and your appreciation of Jesus’ love for you!
- Hang out with those who hang out with Jesus. Join a church and fellowship with other Christians. Church is a great place to hear God’s Word, develop Christian friends to encourage and support you, and develop a closer relationship with God.
- Learn more about Jesus as your new friend by joining a class or group—like the Alpha Class or small groups that First Presbyterian Church offers. These are places where you can learn how God can help you on your Christian Journey, ask questions, and discuss this with other Christians.