Big Tom and I are covenant brothers. Since our college days and through many phases of life, we have stood together. We used to say blood may be thicker than water, but Spirit is stronger. Like an iron sharpens iron we have sharpened each other speaking the truth in love. Honouring covenant brotherhood meant I would not speak against him, nor agree with those who spoke ill about him, instead become peacemaker as far as possible. Often God knits souls of people like he did with David and Jonathan (1Sam 18:1). That is what happened with Mohan and me. From the day we met the relationship grew rapidly. Mohan and Munni helped me through the darkest days of my life.
This relationship connected Tom, Gita, Mohan, Munni, Joyce and me, but it was not exclusive. Later, it also extended to children born to them (1Jn5;1) and subsequently, to those from their churches who also were joined to them. Both Tom and Mohan have moved to different cities, though there is no longer proximity or regular contact, our covenant bond remains. Decisions, agreements and relationships become covenants when God is made a witness. Purpose of covenant relationships is determined by the scriptures and degree of their permanence is decided by the Spirit of God.
“What God has joined, no one can separate”
About the author: Immanuel Bundellu is part of Bombay Baptist Church since 1965. He is married to Rachel. He serves as General Manager – Fair Trade at Asha Handicrafts, an export company in Mumbai. He is committed to bringing about social justice to the artisans through Fair Trade practices.
Quotes to Ponder When someone loves you, the way they say your name is diﬀerent. You know that your name is safe in their mouth | Jess C Scott God is more interested in your future and your relationships than you are | Billy Graham People who have good relationships at home are more eﬀective in the marketplace | Zig Ziglar Our society is filled with runaways, dropouts, and quitters. The epidemic of walking away has hit our land with eﬀects as devastating as the bubonic plague, and it has destroyed millions of eﬀective lives and relationships. We are so selfcentred that we have ceased to lay down our lives for others. We have seen others faint or walk away and we have followed in their weakness. We have fainted when we could have persevered by exchanging our strength for His! With His strength, not only could we have kept on walking, we could have run! | Kay Arthur There is no more lovely, friendly or charming relationship, communion or company, than a good marriage | Martin Luther Over-sensitivity is another trait at which generally marks the soulish. Very diﬃcult are they to live with because they interpret every move around them as aimed at them. When neglected they become angry. When they suspect changing attitudes towards them, they are hurt. They easily become intimate with people, for they literally thrive on such aﬀection. They exhibit the sentiment of inseparability. A slight change in such a relationship will give their soul unutterable pains. And thus these people are deceived into thinking they are suﬀering for the Lord | Watchman Nee Aloneness can lead to loneliness. God's preventative for loneliness is intimacy - meaningful, open, sharing relationships with one another. In Christ we have the capacity for the fulfilling sense of belonging which comes from intimate fellowship with God and with other believers | Neil T Anderson To be loved by God is the highest relationship, the highest achievement, and the highest position in life | Henry Blackaby
Published on May 23, 2014