Defining the relationship is a concept we can see in the Bible. In Matthew 16:13-20, Jesus questioned Peter about the way he viewed Him. Through a series of questions, the Lord asked Peter, ““Who do you say I am?” In other words, “what is God speaking to your heart about who I am and my role in your life?” Jesus seemed astonished by Peter’s response and told Peter that the Father in Heaven must have given this revelation.
When you speak to many involved in Christian marriages, they will also say that the Lord revealed that the other person was their spouse. Perhaps through prayer, a dream, or the Holy Spirit speaking, God made it clear that the other person would eventually be their spouse. These moments can be tricky and must be handled with extreme caution, as some people may use, “The Lord told me you were my spouse” as a form of manipulation. All this to say, if you truly believe the Lord is revealing to your heart that the other person is one you are to be with, be willing to have an open and honest conversation about how you see them.
In the same way, the Lord may be speaking to you that it’s time to stop or alter the relationship. True maturity is being willing to release what God is removing from our lives. These moments are difficult but necessary.
No matter what, seek the Lord first for how He wants to define the relationships in your life.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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