CONVERSATION HELPS OUR RELATIONSHIP GROW
Everyone is aware that conversations help us learn more about people. Spending time with people is the only way to learn about them. Similar to this, despite the fact that we may be spiritual, we cannot grow spiritually until we spend time with God and get to know Him better than we did before.
Talking to God:
When we completely trust someone, we open up to them. As Christians, we have a trustworthy companion in Christ. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15: 13). Friends are the ones we enjoy having lengthy conversations with. Likewise, when we consider Christ to be our friend, we can talk to Him for hours and enjoy being in His company even when the circumstances around us do not seem fair setting aside our external distractions. Many a time, we don’t talk to Him as a friend. When you talk to a friend, you open your heart to Him and express everything you feel.
Listening to God:
What kind of relationship would you have with someone who constantly talks but never listens? If one talks to you without being listened to in return, that’s no relationship and the same goes if you are doing all the talking and never listens. A good friend is a good listener. Christ, being our good friend, He listens to each and every word you utter, but do we listen to him in the same manner as we talk with him? “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27).However, in our difficult times, majority of our issues are brought to God in prayer, but do we also pay attention to His will? Very often, He will speak in great detail about His plans for our lives if our hearts are prepared to listen to Him.
Spiritual guidance comes from the Holy Spirit through His word and wisdom in our lives as we begin to open our ears and hearts to hear from Him. We begin to view our lives from His perspective and get to really understand Him. “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26). We need His Spirit to grow in our spiritual life, just as a plant requires water to thrive. Let’s pray that as a church we begin this year consistently communicating with God, listening to Him, and seeking His guidance for our spiritual growth.