Saturday, April 25th

Saturday, April 25th

And if another believer is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. Don’t let your eating ruin someone for whom Christ died. Then you will not be criticized for doing something you believe is good. For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too. So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up. Romans 14:15-19

Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet each other with a sacred kiss. All of God’s people here send you their greetings. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:11-14

Today we come to the last of our devotionals for this week that follow up on Pastor Ben's message and help us go further in our response to what God is seeking to accomplish in the "relationships" of our lives. Earlier this week we considered the illustration of the mountain goats. We are going to use one of the ingredients from that story to help us wrap up the week. The ingredient is the "ledge." The ledge represents where we are headed, the goals and objectives we are pursuing, and all the steps that contribute to our getting to where we want to be.

When we are in charge of our "wills" we get wrapped up in where we are headed to such an extent that everything we encounter along the way becomes either an obstacle to overcome or a resource for moving us further along. Our relationships are in trouble when we treat the people in our lives as obstacles to overcome or resouces to use. When our wills our surrendered to God, he will transform into people who value relationships more than tasks. We still have a journey we are on but the people we encounter along the way become more important than getting to where we are headed.

As we grow in our ability to approach life in this way we will be surprised at how infrequently "ledges" show up in our journey. Most of the time we will be on paths with ample room for us and the other people in our lives. When we do find ourselves out on a ledge with someone else, it will be the result of either the other person being wrapped up in where they are headed rather than in relationships or because we have had a relapse ourselves. The need of the moment will be for us to yield by "laying ourselves down" for the person with whom we are at an impasse.

The Romans passage above speaks to our need to value relationships with people over the things of our lives. You will need to read the entire passage to understand the problem of putting food over people. (It has to do with a person having the freedom and right to eat meat sacrificed to idols and doing so even when it causes a brother or sister to stumble whose faith is not as strong). The passage shows what happens when we value relationships properly and helps us get relationships right: when we value relationship properly, we are "acting in love," we are aligned with "the kingdom of God," we "Serve Christ with this attitude," we "aim for harmony," and we "build each other up." The 2 Corinthians passage paints the picture of what it looks like when people value their "relationships" with each other above all else.

Lord, I am learning that the journey I am on is really about my relationships. I pray fervently that you will strength my relationship with you. May my heart be so filled with your love that I love you fully. May my heart be filled to overflowing with your love so that it pours out into the lives of others. Forgive me for all the times people have merely been obstacles to overcome or resources to use. Deliver me from self love and the pursuit of my own will for my life. Help me to live fully for you and others (I get it - wow!)

19 comments (Add your own)

1. Jeawheeta wrote:
Best Canadian Prices For Pfizer Viagra Keflex With Doxycycline Together Discount Plavix Cards le cialis naturel Propranolol Sale Find Isotretinoin Legally Tablet viagra Buy Amoxicilina 500 Mg From Mexico Diflucan Online Uk Propecia Epilobio Propecia En Barcelona Candianpharamacy sildenafil 100mg dapoxetine 60mg Cialis Medicament Prix Acheter Propecia Canada Viagra Effetti Forum Where Can I Buy Flagyl Er brand levitra 20 mg online india Progesterone With Free Shipping Cephalexin Oral Suspension Dosage Fish Flex Cephalexin Ok For Dogs Mail Order Propecia viagra Cialis 20mg Kosten Viagra Maschile Comprar Levitra Barata Thyrox 200 Without A Prescription buy generic cialis online Forum Viagra Pour Fille Stendra Internet In Us Symptoms Of Amoxicillin Overdose

Mon, December 31, 2018 @ 2:58 PM

2. Jeawheeta wrote:
Cheap Azoran No Rx Prix Du Levitra 10 Mgf Propecia Epilobio Precio [url=]cialis[/url] Comparativa Viagra Levitra Cialis Sexual Side Effects Amoxicillin Pfizer Viagra Cost Cephalexin Dose For Children Amoxicillin 1000 Mg [url=]cialis overnight shipping from usa[/url] Propecia Wirksamkeit Propecia Where Can I Buy Buy Paroxetine Buy Viagra Online Off Pharmacy Prices Safe Generic Propecia Finasteride 1mg Cialis Prix En Pharmacie Belgique [url=]buy cialis online[/url] Compra Viagra Espana Comprar Levitra Sin Receta En Madrid Cozaar Safe Generic Propecia Finasteride 1mg Viagra 50 Mg Quick Dissolve [url=]vardenafil in osterreich erhaltlich[/url] Cialis Quel Dosage Kamagra Generico 50 Mg Levitra Prix France [url=]viagra online pharmacy[/url] Where To Order Amoxicilina Bacterial Infections In Internet where to buy tab isotretinoin visa Levitra Achat En Baisse Viagra 100mg Effets Secondaires Fincom 5 Cialis 10mg Prix [url=]viagra[/url] Awc Conadian Pharmacy Ou Acheter Du Cialis En France Levitra 10mg Kaufen

Tue, January 15, 2019 @ 8:49 PM

3. wrote:
When some one searches for his vital thing, so he/she needs to be
available that in detail, so that thing is maintained over here.

Sat, November 23, 2019 @ 9:11 AM

4. wrote:
buy cialis no prescription

Mon, July 6, 2020 @ 11:58 AM

5. wrote:
best med for erectile dysfunction

Thu, July 9, 2020 @ 8:35 AM

6. wrote:
acetaminophen extra strength 500mg

Fri, July 10, 2020 @ 10:24 AM

7. wrote:
cheap cialis usa without prescription

Sun, July 19, 2020 @ 2:08 AM

8. wrote:
100 mg viagra lowest price

Sun, July 19, 2020 @ 9:18 PM

9. wrote:
prednisone deltasone 20 mg tablet

Thu, July 30, 2020 @ 6:02 PM

10. wrote:
canada online pharmacy generic cialis

Fri, July 31, 2020 @ 5:16 AM

11. wrote:
buy januvia

Tue, August 11, 2020 @ 9:23 PM

12. wrote:
buy hydroxychloroquine

Fri, August 14, 2020 @ 5:12 AM

13. wrote:
cialis for sale

Fri, August 14, 2020 @ 8:16 PM

14. wrote:
cheap ed pills from india

Fri, August 14, 2020 @ 10:53 PM

15. wrote:
keflex for sale

Sun, August 16, 2020 @ 3:08 PM

16. wrote:
hydroxychloroquine 750 mg

Sun, August 16, 2020 @ 3:08 PM

17. wrote:
ventolin manufacturer coupon 2020

Tue, August 18, 2020 @ 5:36 AM

18. wrote:
safe viagra alternatives

Thu, September 17, 2020 @ 10:46 AM

19. wrote:
I'm extremely pleased to uncover this page. I want to to thank you for ones time
due to this fantastic read!! I definitely savored every part of it and I have you saved as a favorite to see new stuff in your site.

Thu, October 8, 2020 @ 7:54 AM

Add a New Comment


Comment Guidelines: No HTML is allowed. Off-topic or inappropriate comments will be edited or deleted. Thanks.