Substantial Healing In Personal Relationships – Part 8

We are finite, and therefore do not expect to find final sufficiency in any human relationship, including marriage.  The final sufficiency is to be found only in a relationship to God. But on the basis of the finished work of Christ, through the agency of the Holy Spirit – God and the instrument of faith, there can be a real and substantial true joy in our relationships ‘and’ healing in those relationships when, where, and as it is needed. 

As Christians we understand something more.  Not only are we finite, as we were created, but since the Fall we are all sinners; therefore we know that relationships will not be perfect.  But on the basis of the finished work of Christ, human relationships can be substantially healed, and can be joyous. Christianity is the only answer to the problem of man.  Modern multiple divorce is rooted in the fact that many are seeking in human relationships what human relationships can never give.  Why do they have multiple divorce, instead of merely promiscuous affairs?  Because they are seeking more than merely the sexual relationship.  But they can never find it, because what they are seeking does not exist in a purely finite relationship.  It is like trying to quench thirst by swallowing sand.   

If man tries to find everything in a man-woman or a friend-to-friend relationship, he destroys the very thing he wants and destroys the ones he loves.  He sucks them dry, he eats them up, and they as well as the relationship are destroyed.  But as Christians we do not have to do that.  Our sufficiency of relationship is in that which God made it to be, in the infinite-personal God, on the basis of the work of Christ in communication and love.   

Thoughts developed or used directly from the work of Schaeffer, Francis. True Spirituality . Tyndale House Publishers, Inc

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