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What Do You Mean by "A Relationship With Jesus?"

It means having an encounter with Jesus. In other words, it can be described as having personal association or connection with Jesus and accepting him as one's personal saviour.

Computer Analyst, 42, Nigeria

A relationship with Jesus is sort of like having a best friend that you can call anytime. This friend you have will never leave you or forsake you. He doesn't answer directly the way a human friend would with a phone call or an e-mail.Although sometimes he might let you wait for days or years before you can get an answer, but he has been listening and watching all along. He knows you better than you know yourself because he is the one that made you.

Student, 21, United States

Having a relationship with Jesus is so amazing. You get up in the morning and you know that you're not alone. The big thing for me is to try to involve him in everything I do. It can be a lonely place being on the road, living out of a suitcase--but when you've got "The Best" with you, you can handle anything! As I wrote in one of my songs, there's such great hope out there, there's a banner of hope when you come to know Jesus and begin to follow his word, when God becomes your God and gently calls you into a new way.

Celtic Music Artist, Ireland

I consider Jesus my best friend, so I interact with him as if he were by my side. He's a pretty quiet friend, so I need to listen hard. I usually do most of the talking even though he's the one offering the wisdom and comfort.

General Manager, 40, United States

Just like with any relationship, communication is the key. I speak to him through prayer, and he speaks to me through his written teachings. I find that regular interaction with Jesus in this way leads me to know him better.

Architect, 39, Germany

This is something that is very deep and demands serious thought. Too often we are so involved with the everyday events that we may never have a personal relationship with Jesus. This only comes through deep soul searching.

Fleet Manager, 46, United States

I have a strong relationship with Jesus. I learned about Jesus at age 14 from a friend in prep school. Jesus is the first thing in my life--he is my life, my happiness, my existence. I make his way is my way, my love, everything in my life.

Female, 29, Egypt

The thought of having a relationship with Jesus brings to mind such things as love, care, concern, intimate exchange, support, and unfailing and never-ending commitment to another who likewise endeavors to do the same. In order to have a relationship with anyone, they first have to be a real person and they also need to be a person with whom one can relate (a person who can empathize, understand, and participate in life and all of life's joys and sorrows as well as life's triumphs, trials, and tragedies). To "have a relationship with a person" also presumes that such a person with whom one is in relationship is alive and not dead; otherwise, it would have to be said that one "had (past tense) a relationship with someone" or perhaps there was no relationship at all. Therefore, in saying that I "have (present tense) a relationship with Jesus," I am communicating that I understand and believe him to be a real and living person. I am also communicating that I understand him to be a person who likewise desires to have a relationship with me even more than I ever could desire to have a relationship with him. He is one who completely understands me and one who is with me daily. Perhaps the best thing that could be said about my understanding of "having a relationship with Jesus" is that although my commitment to him may at times waver, his commitment to me is unchanging and unfailing. To have a relationship with Jesus is something that continues and in fact is enriched even beyond the grave. It is a relationship that is eternal and therefore, infinitely fulfilling.

Intern, 32, United States

My relationship with Jesus is the best thing that I ever had. He is somebody I can talk with during the whole day and about all kinds of things. He is the friend in whom you can always trust, and that makes me feel fortunate and safe.

Student, 25, Spain

It means that you believe in Jesus, you trust your life with him, you live your life for him, and you love him above all else. Though Jesus is not physically here with you face-to-face, you can still have a pretty intimate relationship with him. You speak to him through prayer, through your actions and your speech (whether or not you do and say all things for Jesus), through your thoughts. He speaks to you mainly through his holy word, the Bible as well as through every day life. Be careful with the every day thing, though. A lot of times we may misinterpret what God may be trying to teach us. This is why I ask God to give me discernment with what he's trying to teach me.

Student, 20, United States

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