Monday, February 17, 2014

relationships that rock

If we learn some of the important things that we find in the Bible, we will be closer to the people we care about, stronger than ever and more honoring to our God.  Relationships aren’t easy, but I’m sure you would agree that relationships are one of the sweetest thing in life.  Bet you would also agree that relationships are also one of the most difficult things in life. That means you and I need some help.  Some of us need more help than others.

What is worth having is worth working for.  Listen to that again from a different direction.  What we value we will work harder for, yet we all have some issues with priorities.  Often our treasures are not things that really last.  Through years of life God changes our priorities because we seek Him more.

Think about the relationships around your life.  Are they built on the right principles?  Are they lasting and strong?  Are we encouraging others to make their relationships stronger?  Do our relationships help others see how God blesses right choices?  You and I have influence.  Never is this influence more real than through the eyes and minds of our kids.

If you want something different, you’ve got to do something different.  I have said this or been reminded of this a lot lately: if you do the same thing over and over and expect different results, that is insanity. 

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

God’s desire for us is to have relationships that really do rock.  To get that kind of relationship we have to make sure we understand this principle:

THINKING leads to ACTION which leads to RESULTS.  Godly THINKING leads to Godly ACTIONS and will lead to great BLESSINGS from God.  Flawed THINKING leads to FLAWED ACTIONS and leads to horrible RESULTS. 

Unity makes us closer.  1 Peter 3:8 is a verse about community, and it begins by challenging us to have a unified mind.  To be close to God and to great people we need to take a look at the people we spend time with.

Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.”

Humility is vital.  As Proverbs 29:23 reminds us, pride ends in humiliation. We either choose humility or humiliation.  Pride brings us humiliation and humility brings honor from God. 

Another important aspect of relationships that makes us stronger is not retaliating when people seek to hurt us.  Loving people responds right to people who do wrong.

See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to everyone else.

Responding in a way that honors God shows that we understand that we are blessed.  My view of life is this: we are blessed to be a blessing.  Literally God blessed us so we can bless someone else.  Failing to believe that or think that leads to wrong action.  Believing that we are blessed leads to us blessing others.  We need more of that.

Remember that doing the right thing is always right.  Remember that being selfless rather than selfish is always the right way to act.  To have relationships that rock we will begin to see people as God sees them.  People are our opportunity and not our problem. 

Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!

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