Chuck Smith: The Christian Family One: Man's life exists on two planes - horizontal and vertical


Most of us desire to live a well-balanced life.


To this end it is important to realize that a man's life exists on two planes - horizontal and vertical. 


On the horizontal plane we relate to one another. On the vertical plane we relate to God. These two planes are on a fixed, center axis.

Often we find that our horizontal plane is out of kilter, we have had a fight with our friend, and we seek to correct this plane of our life. We find ourselves unbalanced - so we try to rearrange or adjust our interpersonal relationships in order to reach an equilibrium.



It seems we're always trying to get our lives back in balance. The difficulty seems to lie in the fact that as soon as we get one problem solved, two more arise. It seems impossible to maintain right relationships with everyone.

For instance, things may be going great at the job, but the situation at home is miserable. So we work on the home situation and get things smoothed out there, but then everything starts falling apart on the job. We find ourselves constantly struggling to reach and maintain this horizontal balance.



In reality, the answer to a well-balanced life doesn't lie in correcting the horizontal plane.
 The answer lies in correcting the vertical plane of our lives.


A right relationship with God will affect every other relationship we have and, thus, bring the horizontal plane into balance. Jesus said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33).

The weakness of psychology is that the psychologist that is seeking to help you with your interpersonal problems, often deal only with symptoms. The heart of the problem lies in your relationship with God, and, until this is right, nothing else can be right.


By turning to the Word of God, we find that to have a right relationship with God we must have a wholehearted commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In the Bible we also find that to have a right relationship with one another we must live in obedience to God's ordained principles. 



The Word teaches us the specific principles, ordained by God, that bring us love and harmony in the
family.


This brief study of Colossians 3 and Ephesians 6 focuses on the important principles for strengthening family relationships, with suggestions for practical application. 



May these studies encourage you in the further study of God's Word
where the commands of God and the promises of His many blessings are found.

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