God has built in us the need to be loved.
We need the 5 A's. They are Acceptance, Attention, Appreciation, Affection and Adoration
When we are deficient in one of these our view of who we are and everything else is set eschew. There is a natural progression of these needs.
Affection is defined as:
- Bent of mind; a feeling or natural impulse or natural impulse acting upon and swaying the mind; any emotion; as, the benevolent affections, esteem, gratitude, etc.; the malevolent affections, hatred, envy, etc.; inclination; disposition; propensity; tendency.
- A settled good will; kind feeling; love; zealous or tender
- Usage note: often in the plural; formerly followed by "to", but now more generally by "for" or "toward(s)"; as, filial, social, or conjugal affections; to have an affection for or towards children
Summary - We are taught by the world to be strong in our own power, Self reliant, and not to be week or needy. It is our way of passage into adulthood. We are taught to buck up and dry our eyes and dig in our heals and pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and many other cliches which are not based on God's truth but the worlds view of independence and self reliance. However God did not make us that way.
God made us needy. Needy for him and one another. Adam was found to be needy for a mate. All the other creations had a partner which provided a companion and partnership as their mate. Man needed a mate also. Woman was created as mans mate with needs as well. The need was for her mate. They together were one and their need was for a spiritual union with God.
We know that their choice was not a spiritual union with God and the rest is history. So God lays the foundation for repentance and restoration through a personal visit to his creation. He had a need also. God needs a mate and in Christ we are his bride. We are the perfect compliment to Gods need for fellowship and the 5 A's.
I ask you to look at your relationship with God today and see if the 5 A's are present. Are you practicing those key elements of a real relationship with Him? If not, why? Are you perhaps not in the practice of demonstrating those traits with people around you? Maybe your spouse, you children, your parents, your friends? If you are having difficulty with those around you then it is no wonder you are having difficulty with your relationship with God. Sounds like it may be time for a "time out" to collect your thoughts and examine where you are with all of this relationship stuff.
Practice the 5 A's. Acceptance, Attention, Appreciation, Affection and Adoration. They will change your life.