When you think about it, our relationships here on earth horizontal examples of our vertical relationship with God.
Example: Parents, think about your relationship with your children. You brought them into the world. You love, provide for, and nurture them. You took care of them when they couldn’t take care of themselves.
How does it make you feel when your children don’t appreciate what you do or have done for them?
How much does it hurt you when your children only come to you when they want something?
But, how great does it make you feel when your children are truly grateful?
How does it make you feel when they tell you that they love you just because…
When they want your advice…
When they just want to talk to you…just want to be in your presence?
Think of how you feel when someone mistreats them. Sometimes you run to their rescue, but sometimes you teach them how to be strong for themselves.
When they’ve done wrong think of how after you punish them and correct them, you quickly remind them of your love.
In our earthly relationships (horizontal), sometimes we are selfish and hurt the ones we love the most.
Sometimes we take advantage of their love.
But, sometimes love is so rich and wonderful; we wish the moment could go on forever.
Genesis 1:27 tells us we were made in God’s image.
We look like Him. But, how can we look like an invisible God?
God created us with the capacity and ability to love like Him…
To feel like Him…
To hurt like Him…
To have His character…
When we display the Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22 in our lives, (love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) we are ‘looking like Him’.
The next time you get frustrated about the way that your children, husband, wife or those who are supposed to be closest to you treat you or make you feel(horizontal), be reminded of how God feels when we treat Him the same way (vertical).