My college roommate was the first to introduce me to the key concept of horizontal and vertical relationships. Even though I had been a Christian all my life and he was a relative new-comer to the faith, Jim had a grasp of the depth of God’s love greater than any of my peers.
We all understand what horizontal relationships are… those with our friends and family living this life and walking this walk with us daily.
And the vertical relationship is also easy to see when we look for it… between us and the triune God, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
And all of these relationships intersect in you… in your mind… in your heart. And really all of these relationships overlap don’t they? If you have put Jesus on the throne of your life, the relationships you have with people… the love you have, men, for your wives, the love you have women for your husbands and for your children, are driven by the true source of love, God. I John 4. “God is love.” If God rules your life, it’s all connected isn’t it?