I want to encourage you today about staying connected with relationships that God has placed in your life! Did you know that God will give you people to encourage, strengthen, exhort, correct and speak truth to you? I believe that as we walk out our life that we will have people that will be in our lives for a season, people that will be in our lives just for a moment and also people that will be in our lives for a lifetime! I want to speak about the lifetime relationships God gives us.
There are people that God will bring into your life that you didn’t choose, God did. These people are a part of your destiny in a major way. They may be a spouse, friend, pastor or mentor. You didn’t choose these people, God did and He wants you keep close to them all the days of your life.
I have been in an interesting season of life as my wife and I have started a church. What an incredible journey it has been as we have made many new friends and relationships. There have been people in our lives that have disconnected because of this journey and there have been people that have been drawn closer. I celebrate both trusting that God is in the middle of all things and working it all together for His good as Romans 8:28 says “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
There are wonderful people in our lives that have come and gone, but there are some that I know will be with us till we see Jesus in Heaven one day.
Did you know that Satan wants to DESTROY these relationships? He doesn’t want you have these relationships because they are essential to your growth and development. Remember what Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”
In any relationship there will be joy, encouragement and sometimes strife and the potential of offense and hurt. These moments are inevitable and are necessary to the development of the relationship. The easiest thing to do in a moment of conflict may seem to “throw in the towel” and move on. There are moments in life when relationships should come to an end, especially when the relationship was unhealthy or hurtful. But in the case of a lifetime relationship you must fight to press forward. I can not forget how many scriptures speak of the enemy wanting to destroy (John 10:10) and roar like a lion.
1 Peter 5:8-9 says “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9 Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters* all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.”
Did you know this applies to God given relationships? The devil is wanting to devour these relationships as they are powerful to our growth and calling. But, if we stand firm against these attacks and moments of strife, we will have VICTORY! AMEN!!
This is why Jesus talked so much about forgiveness. Forgiving does not just apply to enemies, but to our closest friends as those closest to us may hurt us the most. Matthew 6:14-15 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
The hardest people or scenarios to walk in forgiveness are those caused by people very close to you. However, this commandment of God is not circumstantial, it is eternal applying to even the most challenging of situations. It is also not based upon the offenders admission of guilt, but upon obedience to Jesus. I have had many moments in life where God dealt with me on offense and spoke to me about forgiving no matter what the other person said in response. In this we find peace and many times reconciliation.
So…FIGHT FOR YOUR RELATIONSHIPS! Amen!! God gave them to you, don’t let the enemy rob you of them. Step forward and allow the Holy Spirit to work through your own forgiveness! I promise, it is more profitable for you than to give up and “walk away”.
Are you encouraged today? Let me and others know where you are at concerning this…respond to this blog.
Yours in Jesus,