“Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone” (Romans 5:18, NLT).

Relationships are the most rewarding part of life but can also be the most traumatic and painful. Some are easy to get into and easily maintained. Some take real work and can be rocky. Some go sour no matter what we do. Countless books have been written and many people earn their living giving advice on getting along with others and relating well. It seems there are no easy answers to relationship problems.

Something most people don’t realize about God is he is all about relationship. Even though God hates sin and the horrible consequences, he’s not as interested in the rules as most believe. Laws are easily broken by us and generously forgiven by him, all taken care of by the blood of Christ. Because we are forgiven in Christ, we are free from the law, free from sin and death and free to be in right relationship with him. We are free to get to know him as he wants to be known—as a loving Father who gives good gifts to his children, especially love, which helps us be in right relationship with each other too.

What a relief to see God from this perspective and to know him this way!