He has Risen! Alleluia!
Today's devotion is based on John 10:9,10, "I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."
Good relationships are the key to finding happiness and living a full life. There is compelling evidence that strong relationships contribute to long, healthy, and happy lives. The quality of relationships is the single most significant predictor of happiness. So it isn't a surprise when Jesus, the Good Shepherd, tells us, "I have come that they may have life and have it to the full."
It might be a surprise, though, when the followers of Jesus have difficulties in their relationships, feel lonely, or find themselves occasionally isolated. Didn't Jesus promise a full life, and doesn't that usually mean excellent relationships? Jesus is aware of the difficulties in relationships in this life. He knows his followers will go through stages, coming in and going out, getting closer, and moving on in their relationships. To provide the most stability in our lives, Jesus offers a relationship with himself. He always forgives and continues the relationship. He is always there for us.
Please pray with me: Lord Jesus, grant me good Christian relationships in this life and comfort me with the promise of perfect relationships in eternity through faith in you. Amen.