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Many Christian parents are at odds with their kids and the kids with their parents. On the church level, some bounce from church to church, leaving a trail of damaged relationships behind.
Sadly, the loving families, genuine friendships, and healthy relationships that we want most out of life often elude us. In our text, Paul gives the prescription for healthy relationships. Paul acknowledged this when he wrote Rom. But often if you treat a difficult person with the qualities that Paul enumerates in our text, he will change for the better in how he relates to you.Comparing Yourself Is Useless: Love Life 2013
But even if some relationships never improve, if you relate to others as Paul describes here, most of your relationships will be healthy.
The reason you should do this is because God has graciously chosen and loved you.
Paul first gives the basis for the commands which follow, namely, how God has treated us: God has graciously chosen us in love to be set apart to Himself. The flow of thought is: Because we have laid aside the old man what we were in Adam and have put on the new man what we now are in Christ, both individually and corporatelyand because in this new corporate man old differences no longer matter, but Christ is all and in all, therefore, we should put on the qualities listed here.
Paul begins by stating that God has graciously chosen us. That truth should be a great comfort for every believer, but I realize that it causes problems for many.
It also presumes that sinners have the ability to believe in Christ, which contradicts many Scriptures. For example, Jesus said John 6: Saving faith is a gift from God, not something that any sinner can do on his own Eph. If God chose us based on foreseen faith, then it means that He made up His eternal plan based on what sinful people decided to do, rather than on His will Eph. It makes us sovereign, with God subservient to our will—a horrible thought!
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The main thing is to let God be God and submit to the truth and the balance of His Word. He chose you for salvation 1 Cor. It assures me, as Paul said Phil.
To be holy means to be set apart unto God, separate from the world. Picture a wife who is set apart from others for her husband who loves her. She delights to keep herself from others and to give herself exclusively to him because of his love. So we too should keep ourselves pure from this evil world and be exclusively devoted to Christ, who loved us and chose us as His bride.
But why does Paul mention that we are chosen by God, holy and beloved, in the context of talking about healthy relationships? For at least two reasons. I can give a blessing instead 1 Pet. We should treat others with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance, and forgiveness. Actually, there are five nouns: Before we look at these qualities, I have two observations. First, every Christian should have these character qualities, but there is freedom for different personality types.
These qualities will take one form with a Barnabas, another with a Paul, and another with a Peter. Second, all these character qualities are modeled in Jesus Christ.
He was compassionate and kind Matt. He is our great example of how to relate to others. We should treat others with compassion. The main thing to grasp is that this is an emotional term. Being moved to compassion involves the feelings, not just the head.
It means being touched by the needs of people so that we respond with appropriate action to help them. Jesus used this word to describe the good Samaritan, who felt compassion for the wounded traveler and was moved to help him Luke He used it of the father of the prodigal son, who saw his wayward son returning, felt compassion for him, ran to him, embraced him and kissed him Luke He was stirred emotionally when he saw his son coming home.
Jesus felt compassion for the widow of Nain who had lost her only son Luke 7: When Jesus saw the multitudes, He felt compassion for them Matt. On another occasion, Jesus and His disciples withdrew to a lonely place for some much needed rest. When they arrived by boat, they discovered that the crowd had arrived by land before them.
Jesus saw them, felt compassion for them and healed their sick. The disciples saw them and said as I would have said! Jesus saw the multitude and felt compassion because He saw that they were like sheep without a shepherd Mark 8: It all depends on your focus. We should treat others with kindness.
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To be kind means to be free from all which is harsh, rough, and bitter. This word was used to describe wine that had mellowed Luke 5: A kind person is not demanding and pushy. He gives others room to be imperfect without crawling all over them. Joseph is a great example of kindness.
Inevitably, any shortcomings on the part of the individual result in disappointment, chronic guilt, and ultimately an unfulfilled relationship with God. In the beginning, God desired an everlasting, loving relationship with man. Therefore, God provided Eve as a companion so Adam could experience an intimate union. Sin brought the breakdown of a relationship with God, resulting in shame and judgment.
Listening for heaven's sake : building healthy relationships with God, self, and others
No human ritual, deed, or sacrifice can provide payment or absolution for our sins. Not a single human being by his own efforts is able to measure up to the glory of God. God desires that we share that splendor, yet our sin prohibits us from experiencing the richness of such a relationship. What God began in the past, He will accomplish and complete in the future.
God considers us children of a Heavenly Father 2 Corinthians 6: When redeemed, we are again sealed into a special relationship with God. While sin can enslave us to the point of fear, believers in Jesus are adopted, receiving the same privileges as natural-born.
Christians can approach God through an intimate relationship, even calling Him Father Romans 8: God values us as precious treasures, capable of honoring Him with our bodies and spirits.
Jesus was the only begotten Son of the Father. The relationship the two shared while Jesus was on earth was unparalleled John 1: