Jesus was Great at RelationshipsThe Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‗Here is a gluttonand a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.‘ But wisdom isproved right by her deeds.‖ Matt 11:19
Let‘s be Christ‐likeThe evidence that we are Christ’s followers is not religiosity, nor howmany Bible verses we have memorized, nor the charity work we havedone, but rather it is LOVE – loving God and one another.
NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANTDAY 1 THAN RELATIONSHIPS Relationships are wonderful Even some relationships are painful
Point to ponder: Place the Highest Value on Relationships Verse to Remember: The most important commandment - 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.‘ 31 The second is this: ‗Love your neighbour as yourself.‘ There is no commandment greater than these.‖ Question to Consider: Have I asked Jesus if what I‘m doing is what‘s most important?
ATTRACTION OF LESSER THINGSDAY 2 Place the Highest Value on Relationships!Not on ....MONEY THINGS TIME WORK but on relationships, first with God and then with others.
Relationships are more Important than TimeNo one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and loveother, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannotserve both God and Money.
Relationships are more Important than Tasks Jesus chose meeting a person‘s need above following his schedule of tasks for that day. References: Mark 5:21-43, Mark 10:14, Mark 6:37, John 4
Relationships are Important God does not demand of us that we accomplish great things. He does demand of us that we strive for excellence in our relationships.
Point to Ponder: God does not demand of me that I accomplish great things. He does demand of me that I strive for excellence in my relationships. Verse to Remember: 25 ―Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Matt. 6:25 Questions to consider: What do the ways in which I spend my time and money say about the top priorities in my life?
LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEARTDAY 3 The power to change starts with faith– with trusting God and then acting on that faith.
Start of Loving God with all your Heart by Praying Emotionally
God called David, the writer of many of the Psalms, ―a man after his own Heart‖David‘s prayer contain a gold of mine wisdom about loving God with all your heart.
Talk to GodAbout your feelings Psalm 6:6 6 I am worn out from my groaning. All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears.
Talk to GodAbout your weaknesses Psalm 25:16 16 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
Talk to GodAbout His strengths Psalm 24:8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
Talk to GodAbout your fears Psalm 55:5 5 Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me.
Talk to GodPour out the desires of your heart Psalm 38:9 9 All my longings lie open before you, Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you.
Talk to GodOpenly and Emotionally admit your sins to Him. Psalm 38:17-18 17 For I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me. 18 I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.
Talk to GodSay out Loud what you know to be true Psalm 18:1-2 For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD. He sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said: 1 I love you, LORD, my strength. 2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Our goal is Relationships that areTransformed by the Example and Power of Jesus Christ.
Point to Ponder: The path to putting God first starts with the word all.Verse to Remember: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt. 6:33Questions to ponder: Do I tell God what I feel, or do I tell him what I think he wants to hear?
LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR SOULDAY 4The old Testament uses Hebrew word nephesh, which means“to breathe.” Behind this word is the idea that God breatheslife into us. You’re a living soul.
The Soul is your Life Your soul is the passion with which you’re living, thepersonality you’ve been given, the path your life is taking, the power in your being.
Your Soul is where You DecideYou have a will to decide or not to decide – to allow youremotions to have free reign; but even doing that is adecision of your soul.
Seek Him Passionately A shepherd who had lost one sheep and left his ninety-nine other sheep to go after that one sheep with all his energy and passion. That‘s the way to seek God. Seek Him passionately – with all your soul.A relationally healthy soul will passionately seek to express love for God.
Love Him PersonallyWhen you love the Lord, you love him with a unique voice –a voicedifferent in tone , different in soul, from any other voice God hearsin all of creation.
Love God uniquely with the Personality He’s Fashioned into Your Life.
Decide to Do What He Wants You to Do The night before Jesus died, as He talked to his Father in the Garden of Gethsemane. Knowing that the next day he would face the physical, emotional and Spiritual torture of the cross, Jesus prayed, ―Not my will, but yours be done‖ Luke 22:42Jesus’ example is found in being able to pray the prayer that He prayed: “Not my will Lord, but yours be done.”
Point to Ponder: When you love the Lord, you love him with a unique voice – a voice that is different in soul from any other voice God hears in all of creation. Verse to Remember: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled – Matt. 5:6 Question to Consider: Where do I need to pray, ―Lord your will be done,‖ in order to love God with all my soul?
Whatever is Noble: Appreciate God‘s Worth Awareness that God is at work all around you and what God is doing in the world, and so your eyes are lifted to the common things around you to focus on the godly.
Whatever is Right: Cooperate with God‘s Plan Before you can do the right thing, you have to THINK the right thing. Right Things have to do with God‘s direction, God‘s will.
Whatever is Pure: Appropriate God‘s Cleansing Refocus your thoughts by thinking about the sacrifice Jesus made at the Cross for you & the gift of forgiveness.
Whatever is Lovely: Anticipate God’s abundance As simple as a looking at the sky, take a moment to be entertained by creativity of God. Whatever you are doing – enjoy the abundance and goodness of God
Whatever is Admirable: Communicate God‘s Encouragement Loving God with all your mind involves looking for what‘s best in others and telling them, ―I see something of God‘s character in you.‖
If Anything is excellence: Be motivate by God’s greatness Find motivation for your life in God‘s greatness – the motivation that will last forever.
If Anything is Praiseworthy: Celebrate God’s Goodness
Trust in Him that He can give you Strength Confidence that God can do absolutely anything. John 14:12 - Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. Convince that you can do absolutely nothing of ultimate and eternal significance without the power of Jesus Christ. ―Apart from me you can do nothing‖ John 15:5
Turning your Weaknesses into Strengths2 Cor 12:9 -10, But he said to me, ―My grace is sufficient for you, for my power ismade perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about myweaknesses, so that Christ‘s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ‘s sake, Idelight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. Forwhen I am weak, then I am strong.‖
Point to Ponder: To love God with your mind, you must God‘s words into your mind. Verse to Remember: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phil 4:8 Questions to Consider: Where have my thoughts been focused lately? When was the last time I asked God to give e strength to move forward in his power, even though I was feeling weak?
We limit our love because of our differences LOVE God wants us to depend on him for the power to love.
We limit our love because of our fears Take the risk, and begin to set aside a prejudicethat has kept an entire group or nationality of people the bounds of your love.
Point to Ponder: No one is outside the bounds of my love. Verseto Remember: Love your neighbor as you love yourself. (Luke 10:27) Question to Consider: Who is the person in my life I need to take risk to love?
I cannot limit the extent of my love I must limit the expression of my love.
Jesus Simply Loved People as the Opportunity Aroseduring the normal traffic patterns of his life.
Consistent Love can only be Expressed one Opportunity at a Time.
Make the Choice to Love the Few You can Love Todaytrusting in the greatness of God that he will put the right people in your path on the journey of life.
Did you know? Jesus took so much time to be alone with the Father. He spent 33 yrs on earth and only 3 years in public ministry.
Why wouldn‘t He have spent every wakingmoment of his ministry with people? Because he knew it was important to his relationship with his Father and to others to make space to be alone. What you gain from time alone with God will strengthen every relationship in your life.
Jesus Values Relationships He died on the cross to make a relationship with him possible John 15:13 He wants us to be with him where he is for all eternity John 17:24
―Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.‖ 1 John 4:11
Point to Ponder: Consistent love can only be expressed one opportunity at a timeVerse to Remember: Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. – 1 john 4:11Question to Consider: How can I show love to person right in front of me-today?
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.But the greatest of these is love. 1 Cor. 13:13