Over the past couple of weeks at church we’ve spoken about God’s best for relationships, the reality is God sets the bar really high for how we should conduct ourselves in relationship. I don’t know about you but sometimes it seems unattainable, sometimes guilt creeps in and makes us conclude we’re not good or godly enough in this area. Maybe you’ve felt something like:
I know I should forgive but…
I know I should love but….
I know I shouldn’t get angry and resentful but…
The beauty of the gospel is that it’s not in our own strength that we reach that bar. It’s not in our own power than we walk in forgiveness, love and peace with people who have hurt us. Jesus Christ died on the cross to forgive us of our sin, we have been rescued, we have been transformed. For some it was in an instance, for others it was a process of discovering over a number of years.
The Bible says
2 Corinthians 5:16-18 (ESV)
16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
You have been changed by Jesus and just has he has changed you, just as he has transformed you, so he can transform and change relationships that you are in, that you struggle with.
So I want to encourage you this morning, if all this talk of relationships is challenging you then be encouraged that transformation can happen in the relationships that are on your mind whether marriages, families, colleagues, friends. Be open to God changing you first and you being part of the healing process
Pray that God would transform the relationships that are on your heart
Pray for the change you’d like to see happen
Ask God to fill you afresh with the Holy Spirit
When you feel the conviction of the Spirit, act upon it