So you’ve asked for God’s forgiveness of your evilness, acknowledged that Jesus’ punishment was for you, and decided live a life in the favor of God. Well then, here’s how it works:
Having a relationship with God is a lot like relationships between people. If you think about it, would God really expect us to live in a way that we couldn’t relate to? If that’s the case, then what makes for a good relationship between people?
• Mutual respect
• Spending Time Together
You get the idea. The list could become quite long. Actually Jesus speaking in the Bible sums it up really quite well; “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.”.( Luke 10:37)
There it is… there’s not much else to say. Actually to perfect this love for God, think about first loving yourself. Imagine for a moment that ‘perfect’ friend. The way you would love to be treated (go back to the list above). You can become that ‘perfect’ friend to yourself, someone else (wife and kids, mom, dad…), and ultimately you become a ‘friend of God’.
A well know public speaker often says “You are the same today as you’re going to be in five years except for two things, the people you meet and the books you read.” (Charlie ‘Tremendous’ Jones). If you think that statement has merit, then why not take a close look at where you get your information from and who you hang out with.
Here’s a plan to get you started in the right direction:
• Put yourself in a place where God can take care of you. A good Bible-Centered Church that teaches God’s complete Word. Attend there weekly and associate with other Christians through the week.
• Begin reading God’s word and praying on a regular basis. This will change the way you think about God, life, and other people. Check out some of the Bibles that are available (New King James. The Message, New International Version) .
• Find a way to be a servant to other people. This will develop a servant’s heart in you so that you can begin to see people as God see’s them.