Relationships AND Battles - Monday, May 8th 2017
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
In Ephesians 5:22-6:9 God's word gives us instruction on marriage, family, and work relationships. Every relationship that you have in your life, good or bad, involves imperfect people. Each time God tells us to to submit to another He asks us to trust Him even though they are not perfect. Jesus asks for us to continue in His forgiveness.
21 Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" 22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
You see, it's when we are in the heat of the battle in these relationships that God offers us, by faith, to believe and trust in His glorious promises of forgiveness and grace to heal us and our relationships. Faith sees the possibilities, along with a fresh vision, that gives us hope and courage. If we look at those points of contention with contempt or unforgiveness, focusing on the temporary, worry and fear set in. It's important to remember, as we put our trust in the Lord in dealing with our relationships, that our focus should always be based on the promises of God with an eternal perspective in a temporary world.
Life Lesson: Relationships can be broken. They can be healed.
Lord, please help me apply your Word through your Spirit in all the relationships I'm in. Help me not get caught up in the temporary perspective but focus on the eternal instead. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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