Yesterday’s topic was so important that I want to make a few more points about it. Our relationship with Jesus Christ begins the moment we trust in Him for salvation (Acts 16:31). Coming to know Him, however, is not possible with just a single encounter. Knowing Jesus—knowing God—requires not only commitment but also time (see Psalm 1:2; 63:6; 88:9; 145:2).
Certainly this is true in human relationships. The only way to get to know people is to spend quality time with them.
The more quality time we spend with Jesus Christ, the more intimately we come to know Him, and the more we come to understand His likes and dislikes. We come to understand, for example, that living in sin greatly displeases Him (Acts 17:30; 2 Corinthians 7:10; 2 Peter 3:9), but seeking righteousness greatly pleases Him (Psalm 34:15; 1 Peter 3:12-18).
Relationships also involve communication. Can you imagine a newlywed husband and wife who never speak to one another? The very idea is preposterous. Every intimate relationship requires communication.
We communicate with God in prayer (2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 145:18; Matthew 7:7-8; John 14:13-14; 1 Timothy 2:8; James 5:17-18). Through prayer we talk to God, interact with Him, make requests of Him, verbalize our hurts and our joys to Him, and ask for His help (Philippians 4:6). And He hears us. He answers us.
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