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Power in Relationships: Issues of Love and Control

Power in Relationships: Issues of Love and Control

Author: Martin Bleby

Subject: Relationships

Book Code: 418

Pages: 92 pp, Book

Pub. Date: 2008

ISBN: 978 0 86408 299 2

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Relationships are an essential part of being human. Through relationships with others we grow to find out who we are and where we belong.

Because they are so vital to us, all relationships have within them an inherent power, which can be used for good or for harm. The closer the relationship, the greater the power. How can we discern wisely when such power is being exercised beneficially, and when it is being abused?

Misuse of power can occur most easily when there is a power differential. How might we moderate our behaviour to take this into account? What about the power diferential between us and God? How does God conduct Himself in that? What does that tell us about how we are in relationship with God, and with each other?

Is it possible to know a love that goes beyond human considerations of mutual obligations to something that is far more wonderful, yet at the same time very homely and natural? How can we be maintained in the freedom of that love, without reverting back into bondage?

Can we ever relate directly with another person without sin affecting the relationship?

Where is the love that 'covers all offences'?

What does it mean to be able to say: 'The Lord will be between you and me'