Today’s blog post is a set of sermon notes that I jotted down during the Wednesday night Summer Series we are having at my church. Chris Pinney gave a very thought-provoking study of how important our relationships are and the love and care we should show one another. Following are the 5 points that he mentioned in his lesson with my thoughts and notes as well.
- Respect (Philippians 2:3-4- “ Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”) While it may be difficult to pull off, we should consider others more than ourselves. We must remember to show the respect that we would expect for ourselves.
- Kindness (Ephesians 4:31-32- “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”) Christians must reflect the kindness shown to us by God. Give kindness, regardless of if the other person’s behavior warrants it.
- Forgiveness (Matthew 5:7- “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”) We should sow forgiveness because we NEED forgiveness. Remember, Christ died to forgive everyone of their sins, not just yours.
- Patience (Colossians 1:9-11- “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.”) Paul prayed for Christians at Colossi to continue to grow in their wisdom of God and patiently work to be more like Christ. And we should have that patience with others. It takes people a long time to change so we should have realistic expectations of others.
- Encouragement (Ephesians 4:29- “ Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”) Everyone needs to be lifted up and our words and attitude can do that for others. We should make every attempt to give legitimate, heartfelt positivity to others. That kind of encouragement changes the entire environment of our relationships.
I hope these passages and thoughts bring you into a better understanding of what God wants to see in our relationships. Some of the keys are harder to implement than others but it would greatly help our influence for Christ to love and care for others the way God loves and cares for us.