Life Is About Relationships

Life is all about relationships. Who a person is can only be defined by and understood through the relationships he has in his life. I cannot imagine anyone on his deathbed wishing to have spent one more day in the office, or wanting to spend some more time in the garage enjoying his favorite car, or at a desk gloating over his financial statements. I have seen many spending their last moments happily in the presence and embrace of their loved ones, family and friends who have been constant companions in their life journey.

Life, therefore, is all about building and nurturing those relationships – with others, specially my family and friends; with myself that I am accepting of who I am; with God ever aware of His presence in my life; and yes, even with nature that provides me the environment that sustains my life. Doing good is about forming and caring for these relationships. Sin is anything that destroys and harms these relationships.

It is not only outright violence that would destroy or kill relationships. Sometimes, an angry word or a judgmental statement may harm a relationship. Indifference and apathy can also cause relationships to die. Because, I myself can get hurt; I might shy away or even break off a relationship. Compassion and forgiveness are the necessary balm to heal and restore broken relationships.

The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
~ Psalm 98

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that
of the scribes and Pharisees,
you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.
You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother
will be liable to judgment,
and whoever says to his brother,
Raqa, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin,
and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.
Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar,
and there recall that your brother
has anything against you,
leave your gift there at the altar,
go first and be reconciled with your brother,
and then come and offer your gift.” 
Matthew 5:20-26

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