Relationships Require Freedom
“Freedom is a prerequisite for a true relationship. If a man forces relations with his wife he is committing rape, not love.” Rick Joyner1
If freedom is not in operation then something else is and it isn’t love. It is control, also called intimidation and manipulation. Love and control cannot be in operation at the same time. It is either one or the other. (It’s because control brings fear and love and fear and cannot co-exist in the same space.)
I touched on this subject of freedom vs. control as it relates to submission in a previous post. Check it out here: http://www.cherylcope.com/the-christian-s-word
This principle applies to ALL relationships. It also applies to our relationship with God. God does not violate our free will. He does give us freedom in all things. He gives us the freedom to choose even if it hurts us or hurts others or goes against His purposes. He always operates out of true love. There is never any control, manipulation or intimidation in God’s dealings with His people. If you are feeling any of those things, then it is either from a human acting wrongly against you or it is from an evil spirit.
“Manipulation, intimidation and control are not from the Spirit of Truth, but are evil spirits that drive men from the truth and seek to bind them in darkness.” Rick Joyner2
Freedom and love work together and God desires those for you in all of your relationships. He wants you to have them given to you and he wants you to give them out to others. In which relationships in your life is there room for improvement for more freedom and love? Please share in the comment section below.
Notes : 1- The World Aflame: The Welsh Revival Lessons for Our Times
by Rick Joyner page 126
2- The World Aflame by Rick Joyner page 126-127.
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