Was reading this today and thought I'd share it with you all, seeing as it relates to what we've been talking about at LIFE...
"Our relationships as believers also resemble a family, which originates in the interaction among the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All of life flows out of the relationships existing within the Trinity. This is why we can say that the essence of life is relational. Relationships are not a matter of mere convenience or a triviality that God superimposes on His children. Rather they are essential to life, particularly life in the kingdom, because of the love of the Father for His Son and Their desire that we share in that love.
A closer look at the relationships within the Trinity is like gazing on a masterpiece of interdependence. The Father claims that He loves the Son and has given all things into His hand. But the Son insists that He does not act on His own; He can do nothing unless the Father bids it. The Son does what is pleasing to the Father and revels not in His own glory but in the glory the Father gives Him.
The Son says plainly that He must leave the [earth] because otherwise we would not be able to appreciate the work of the third member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. He, too, must play His part. He came to reveal and glorify the Son, and to convict and draw people into relationship with the Father and the Son. Why does this relational drama take place? So that we might be invited into the very center of the love of the Trinity. Thus Jesus prays to the Father "that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them" (John 17:26, NIV).
[Relationships] are the heart and soul of spiritual life - of life in the Kingdom. And while we fail to love perfectly, our relationships are meant to be marked by the very qualities we see in the Trinity - honor, mutual respect, deference, and a willingness to expend ourselves for the good of another brother or sister in Christ."
-Stacy Rinehart, "Upside Down."